Well, seeing how Christmas is a mixture of pagan and Christian traditions, I don’t believe God has a Christmas tree decorated with lights and cherubs.
I don’t believe He adorns the halls of Heaven with twinkling lights and bows of greenery.
I don’t believe the heavenly host rush around their kitchens making millions of divine delights for their annual cookie exchange.
I don’t believe God has shopping requests, or naughty or nice lists. (Though He does say all the names of those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb have been written in His Book of Life)
I don’t believe December 25th is highlighted on God’s calendar.
God certainly is not a Santa, swooping down as earth sleeps, dropping gifts into chimneys.
Maybe the better question is:
Does God celebrates the birth of His Son in Heaven?
God was so adamant with the Hebrews about celebrating special holy days, days commemorating colossal miracles and events, that He required them to celebrate them.
Passover: The Jewish people are saved by the marking of the blood of the scarified lamb on their doorposts the eve of Passover, before the great Exodus from Egypt, as commanded by God.
Jesus later (in 32 AD) offers Himself as the final sacrificial lamb on the eve of Passover.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Just before the Passover, all yeast (symbolizing sin) was removed from the home for seven days.
Later in 32 AD, Jesus’ sinless body, the bread of Heaven, was buried in time for that feast.
Feast of First Fruits: On the 17th day of Nisan, the first fruit of barley harvest is celebrated before God honoring his goodness and providence.
On that very day, in 32 AD, Jesus was risen as the first fruit of the dead.
Feast of Pentecost or Shavuot: Celebrated 50 days after the Passover, represents the day the Spirit of God visited and established a betrothal relationship with His people through the Law of Sinai, or The Ten Commandments.
Interestingly, it was during this feast after Jesus’ resurrection that the Holy Spirit individually visited the believers, and the congregation of believers was born.
Feast of Trumpets or Rush Hashanah: The trumpets or shofar are to be blown on the first day of the Jewish New Year, followed by ten days of repentance. The trumpets in biblical time represented a shout of warning or of war. It is believed to represent a future time, the Day of the Lord, the beginning of the tribulation as stated in Daniel’s prophecy of 70 Weeks.
Days of Atonement: Marks the finality of the ten days of repentance, and is the holiest of the Jewish days; the only day that the high priest was allowed to commune with God by entering into the Holy of Holies. People traditionally spend an entire day fasting and fervently praying. It also represents the future cleansing of Israel and those called by God’s name, Jews and gentiles alike.
Feast of Tabernacle or Sukkot: Sukkot, which means booths, is a harvest festival and commemoration of the forty-years the children of Israel wandered through the desert living in transitory shelters. The word “Sukkot” refers to the temporary dwellings that they are commanded to live in during this holiday. They live in booths for seven days, and do no work one or two of those days.
If God wanted His people to remember these important days, wouldn’t it seem likely that He want us to also remember such an amazing day as the birth of His Son?
Would God want us to celebrate a day when He comes to earth Himself, in the form of a baby in diapers, destined to grow up to rescue the very people He longs to have relationship with? The very people He wishes to redeem from the fall caused by Adam and Eve?
God speaks for the first time of a future savior after Adam and Eve break his only rule in paradise. The coming of this savior covers the span of the Bible, as foretold in Genesis and continues on to Revelation, where Jesus sits at the right hand of God.
Genesis 3:14-15 The Lord speaking to the serpent for deceiving Adam and Eve.
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
I believe there was a great celebration in Heaven as the angels announced Jesus’ birth.
God came to earth as a sinless human being named Jesus, to relate to His people in a way only they could understand. Jesus taught about God the Father’s love and grace, and His desire to bring life to our spiritually dead souls. Then He died for them, taking their iniquity on Himself; making right our broken relationship with God.
He rose from the dead and promises to provide a home for us in Heaven.
The New Testament does not mention setting a time aside for the celebration of the birth of the Christ, it concentrates more on God’s love, and His salvation from sin.
But the question remains:
Would Heaven celebrate the day of the Christ’s birth?
In my opinion, I say a big, YES!
So I’m celebrating the birth of my Savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ!
Whether you choose to celebrate December 25th, or any other day; I hope you join in the celebration of Jesus, the Savior of the world!
By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.
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8 responses to “Does God Celebrate Christmas?”
Does that mean that I don’t/won’t celebrate Christmas? I don’t know. I’ve been praying about this. Once you know truth about something that you’ve been doing for yrs could be actually dishonoring the Father, it’s one of those things that each one has to search out for them selves. At this point I’m still doing Christmas but my focus has changed. I can tell you that after watching those videos, I realized that all I want to do is please the Father in my walk with him. I want to be obedient to what he tells ME to do. Even if I stand alone. Everyone of us has to walk their own path as the FatherFather guides us.
I think that is what really matters, Debbie, where your focus is. Even people who want to acknowledge the original reason for the holiday get so tied into the gift buying, the partying, the baking, the relatives, that they overlook the reason for the celebration. I myself have been guilty of that. Or I have put in a quickie message of the Biblical reason in between all the hustle and bustle.
I think a person needs to do what they feel called to do. Father knows where our hearts really are at.
Beginning with this Christmas, my focus will be on Him more than ever!
Blessings to you friend, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Looks like someone has been reading about the Biblical feast days. Whoo Hoo!!! Not just for the Jews but for us too…Yeshua was most likely born in a sukkah on Sukkot (FEAST OF TABERNACLES). The Christmas story as we know it today is NOT the true Biblical story. Once you understand the Biblical feasts and God’s calendar you start to realize how off we are. If you watch “PASSION FOR TRUTH” Jim Staley “TRUTH OR TRADITION” or 119 MINISTRIES “SUNBURNED PART 1&2. You will see the Pagan roots of these so called Christian holidays….I celebrated Yeshua’s birth on Sukkot…
Yes, I surely did. I will study more on that. God’s calendar and the way He repeats those special days with the Messiah is amazing!
Elizabeth, I have a good friend who doesn’t celebrate Christmas because of all the hoopla surrounding it. But she is a solid Christian. SO of course I’m forwarding your post with her. But I’m also sending it to LOTS of other people who, like me, need to be reminded that Heaven celebrates it’s special times!
My darling husband died in August, and I am just now starting to read the posts with focus. And I am writing on my own little blog too – not a lot but some. Maybe you can check it out.
Again, thank you so much, Elizabeth.
Bless your heart. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you as this time of year must be excruciatingly painful without your beloved husband. Your wound is still so fresh, August was just a few months back. Yes, I will visit your blog. I pray you are surrounded by loving family and friends at this time.
Can you imagine your husband’s first Christmas in Heaven? I thought about this a lot after my son’s death two years ago September, and I was a bit envious at the joy and love that must fill that celebration in God’s home!
I agree with your friend, the hoopla is getting much worse. I couldn’t believe it several years ago as I went to a couple of stores with shelves of Christmas cards and was hard pressed to find one expressing the real sentiment behind Christmas or any image representing the nativity.
Nevertheless, it is a sign of the times. But I am more joyful and determined than ever to celebrate God’s holy-day, the day commemorating His birth, and later when He walked the roads of earth!
Blessings to you!
Beautiful- everyday is a day to celebrate the birth of Christ
Amen! Merry Christmas to you and yours.