With there being a month of snowmen, fat white people dressed in red and scenes of a baby in a manger it’s radically obvious that Christmas time is here. There is a theme more common around this time of year, and that is Giving. The scene of a baby in a manger, the song “Joy to the world.” All this is about when God gave his only begotten son. The thing that’s missing a lot of the time nowadays is what does the Bible have to say about Christmas? The answer, in short, is that God gave the world his son: The Lord Jesus Christ; and Jesus himself gave everyone a Gift, The Gift of salvation through believing in him.
What is Christmas?
Christmas is a mashup of pagan traditions from the Nords and the Romans. The Nordic culture was around the winter solstice they would take evergreens and put them up in their houses to celebrate life in a very dreary and dark season and make sacrifices to their gods. The Romans also observed the solstice and had huge ceremonies to worship their Gods during winter solstice.
However, after the establishment of the catholic church (see more on “The Church” here), they were more lackadaisical on the Bibles commandment on not worshiping false gods and inherited the Roman celebration of their gods and tossed the name Jesus alongside it. The Evergreen trees were meant to symbolize “The Garden of Eden,” and the ordainments used to be apples as a symbol of “The Forbidden Fruit.” It’s a bit of truth mixed with a lie.
What is the Gift of God?
With the season of giving here, I would like to stress the greatest gift to all mankind: forgiveness, not only forgiveness but the forgiveness of sins. Some way to be relieved of your burdens. God offers this to anyone because of 2 Peter 3.9 KJV “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” What exactly is the Gift of God then? Well, the Bible says Romans 6.23 KJV “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” So that means The God of the universe is offering eternal life to anyone through The Lord Jesus Christ.
What Labor went into the Gift?
Every gift must be paid for whether it be in time and labor or being paid for with money It must be bought. The gift of salvation through The Lord Jesus Christ was paid for by Jesus himself. How so? By the shedding of blood. Sinless blood. You see in the Old Testament it was required of people to pay for their sins by shedding the blood of a lamb as a sin offering to the Lord. Hebrews 9.22 KJV “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” When Jesus came, he was the Lamb of God John 1.29 KJV “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” The blood Christ shed on the cross of calvary was to purge you from your sin and give you eternal life.
How does it work?
Well, it is a gift with no strings attached, meaning it must be received. Receiving the gift works something like this: Closing your eyes, getting on your knees and praying something like this: “Lord, Heavenly Father. I am a sinner in need of a savior, and I believe what I have read here about your son The Lord Jesus Christ, dying on the cross of Calvary for my sins. I accept him as my personal savior. In Jesus, name I pray Amen.” It doesn’t need to be that word for word, it is your choice to tell God you’re receiving the gift. Do it in your own words.
What if you reject the gift?
Well, how would you feel if someone rejected a gift that you shed blood, sweat, and tears for? Sad but more likely mad. You will have to stand before God tell him whatever it was that made you refuse to believe. All God will have to say is: You cannot enter my kingdom. You are judged and deemed worthy of hellfire. Goodbye. Don’t reject the free gift of God. How shall you escape the damnation of hell? Not by your righteousness, not by your works, you can’t even pay your way out of hell. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the only way into Heaven.