Madison Christian Church

Devotional – December 22nd, 2014

When I was a child the last few days before Christmas were the most exciting time of the year.  I anticipated Christmas morning with more enthusiasm than I did the end of the school year.  I fully admit part of the zest I had for the season was the thrill of opening Christmas presents.  However, in all my years growing up, I KNEW we were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  I was (I believe due to the example of my parents and my church family) able to separate fantasy from reality.  I did not grow up thinking my parents had lied to me about Jesus and the Bible because they had allowed me to believe in certain myths associated with the Christmas season.

So use caution if you are convicted that celebrating Christmas is a bad idea for Christians.  I understand the fear some have.  I know and am fascinated by the pagan origins of the celebration of Christmas.  And I understand how Christians took some of those pagan origins and turned them around and basically Christianized Christmas.  Jesus said in His prayer to God the Father on behalf of His disciples that they were in the world but were not of the world.  He said He was praying not that God would take them out of the world but that He would protect them from the evil one.  He was praying they would not be seduced by the enemy into thinking the way the world thinks, believing what the world believes and living the way the world lives.

Joshua 24:14,15 quotes Joshua as saying to the Israelites, “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”  He went on to close vs. 15 saying, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Let’s be in the world and not of the world.  Let’s celebrate the birth of Christ.  In some of the pagan origins of this holiday they worshiped the sun-god (Mithra).  We worship the Son of God (Jesus).  Celebrate it with joy.  We look forward to seeing you Christmas Eve at 5:00 as we worship Jesus the Light of the World.