Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Returning once again to the original purpose for the birth of Christ, we once again look to His people who are saved from their sins. Who are these people? Are they perhaps as it is written here in Acts 11:26 those of us who carry the family name, Christian? I would hope so for my salvation is bound in being one of His people.
I ended yesterday’s devotional with a rather pointed question. What do you make of all this? It is more important to focus on what you make of Christmas, its traditions, its celebration, in context of who you are as a Christian. The world will celebrate Christmas, their holiday as they see fit and nothing will change that. But really, what do you make of it? Isn’t that what really counts?
I say this because as with my relating birthday celebrations yesterday, it is a personal relationship response. Your relationship with your Lord should be the only consideration about if and how you celebrate His birth. There is no written documentation of celebrating the birth of Christ for about 400 years after His death. His death however seems to have been celebrated every year, again because of another holy day, Passover.
I am not saying what to do about this or any Christmas. If you are called by His name, a Christian, then as a family member, perhaps your true heart feelings on these matters is a reflection upon you relationship with the Lord. I think that is important. It is for me anyway.
Christian traditions might be a good place to go next.