A couple of years ago, someone did a poll of 1,000 children ages 5-7 and asked them whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas.
More than a third of the children believed Dec. 25 is Simon Cowell’s birthday, the creator and host of TV’s “The X Factor.” (I checked, by the way, and it’s not.) So maybe it’s time to revisit the Christmas story for those who have never heard it or have lost touch with what it’s really all about.
The Christmas story centers around the birth of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, but what no one knows for sure is when Jesus was born. We know neither the exact date nor the exact year of his birth (scholars estimate between 4 and 6 B.C.). We don’t know these things because the Bible doesn’t tell us; it only gives us the details surrounding Christ’s birth.
Apparently these are the things God not only wanted us to know but to focus on — not a date or a year. Prophecies made hundreds of years before his birth foretold of a baby boy born of a virgin in the city of Bethlehem who would become the only hope for sinful mankind. Every aspect of Jesus’ birth fulfilled one of these ancient prophecies. No human being could have planned and carried out such an event. The author behind the Christmas story is none other than God himself. But why did He do it and why should any of us care?
I submit that Christmas should be important to me, to you, to all of us, because it’s the celebration of an act of love. Christmas is about God becoming a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. The true meaning of Christmas is this: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus was God’s gift to us as the punishment for our sin. God is the ultimate gift-giver. The first “Black Friday” took place the day Jesus gave himself for us and died so everyone could have his or her sins forgiven and receive eternal life by believing in Jesus and what He did. That’s worth celebrating this year and every year.
What to know more? Celebrate Christmas with Fellowship Community Church at one of our three identical Christmas Eve services: Monday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2 and 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.fccnorwalk.org.
Pastor Rob Jones is the senior pastor of Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk. The church was founded under his leadership in 1995.
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