Did you also know that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus takes up 331 verses (from betrayal to resurrection morning), and is recorded in all four gospels in great detail.
Surprisingly, Christians didn’t start celebrating Jesus birth until almost 400 years after his death.
Whereas Jesus himself instituted the remembrance of his death with his disciples in the upper room, and the observance of the Lord’s Supper is taught in the New Testament epistles.
Did you know that the Bible doesn’t give any indication for the year or season of Jesus birth? We make educated guesses based on context clues (and guess what, it most likely wasn’t winter).
However, the Bible gives us the specific year, month, day, and hour of Jesus death.
In fact, in the record of his earthly ministry we don’t see Jesus refer to or defend the circumstances surrounding his birth in any way, but he constantly refers to his impending death and resurrection.
I love Christmas as much as the next person. Really, I do!
One of my favorite things to do in December is curl up next to the Christmas tree with lights twinkling, sipping my hot Chocolate and having my morning devotions. I love singing Christmas carols and making cookies to share with friends and loved ones. I love the sense of community I feel with my church family and those around us, as we deck the halls and trim the trees.
But mostly I love what the birth of our Savior means for you and me: prophecy fulfilled, an end to the longing and waiting for the Messiah, hope for a world in desperate need of God.
However, in the hustle of bustle of decorating, gift giving, and celebrating, I think it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. We forget that the joyous occasion of Jesus birth really isn't all that significant without the pain and agony he endured on the cross. We forget that Jesus never told us to celebrate his birth, but he did charge us go into all the world and preach the message of his death and resurrection.
So this Christmas as you prepare to celebrate with friends and family, spend some time dwelling on the true meaning of Christmas:
Not just the birth of a baby, but the hope of our salvation, the grace and mercy of the cross.