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View from the Right: Christmas again!

July 1, 1993

View from the Right: Christmas again!

By Judy Howard

A beautiful season celebrating a beautiful event—the birthday of The Messiah, long promised by the sages of old. In Isaiah 53:3, we read The Messiah would be “despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows.” Verse 4 tells us He would be “smitten by God and afflicted … wounded for our transgressions.” Messiah would be a “suffering Savior.” In fact, in verse 7, we read, “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter.” Dec. 25 is a questionable date to celebrate His birthday.

Looking back in history, we see the Roman census most likely occurred in September when “shepherds were abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night” (Luke 2:8). This being the case, Messiah Jesus was probably conceived in December, then born in September. Because He is called the “Light of the world” in John 8:12, some Bible scholars determined the early Christians, still remembering their Jewish traditions, chose Hanukkah, the season of light, to celebrate the birth of their promised Messiah.

Also as promised, Messiah was “led as a lamb to the slaughter” refusing to defend Himself before religious authorities, thus allowing His crucifixion and resurrection in payment for our sin. As we all know, Almighty Father God chose a wooden cross for Messiah’s crucifixion and a cave-tomb for His resurrection.

Christmas carols are heard in stores, malls and restaurants, but because of the mythical “separation of church and state,” these same carols are not allowed in public government schools. Unfortunately, Christmas has deteriorated into a time of commercial gift-giving paganism.

According to the Bible, we are told to give gifts to the legitimately destitute and orphans (II Timothy 5). In II Thessalonians 2:10, we read, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” Yet the working, taxpaying citizen is bombarded with pleas to “donate” money, food, clothing, even housing to those wandering our streets expecting to be taken care of. If they are not legitimately destitute, we are not expected to give them gifts. If they are “widows and orphans” legitimately, Messiah expects us to help them.

Messiah Jesus Himself gave us the ultimate gift through His cross sacrifice—the gift of salvation. Why are we not offering this gift to those who are hungry and homeless this season? Where are the churches this season?

In John 3:16, we read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe on Him should be saved.” What a wonderful gift waiting for us to receive it! Until we have accepted this gift of salvation, our Christmas gift-giving is in vain. Why aren’t the churches teaching this gospel truth?

What a wonderful Savior we have. What an awesome Father God Who would send His Son, born in extreme poverty, to die in payment for our sin penalty. I pray you will open God’s gift to you, telling Him you are a sinner in need of salvation. May you have a blessed Christmas.

Judy Howard is a wife, mother and grandmother who is politically active in our community.

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