Christmas must be celebrated because of Jesus Print
Saturday, 23 December 2017 14:17

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel  and said to them, ‘Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb’...” (Exodus 12:21, the Holy Bible).

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CHRISTMAS MUST BE CELEBRATED BECAUSE OF JESUS: In this world where those who believe in God have to live in, many have adopted the habit of saying that Christmas, or the season which commemorates the coming to earth, in the form of man with flesh and blood, of God whose Name is Jesus, should no longer be celebrated, citing what to them are compelling reasons for such non-celebration.

Some say that Christmas is only for the rich and the moneyed, causing only stress to the poor and the penniless every time this commemoration is carried out in December of every year. Still others say that there is no certainty that the “birth” of Jesus took place in December, especially if we consider that a December “birth” seems an impossibility,  because that is usually winter time in Bethlehem.

What is the truth here? As far as the Simbahang Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (or AND KNK, the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ Church) is concerned, the reason for the celebration is clear: to remember and, more importantly, to thank God whose Name is Jesus for the salvation He has given to sinners, snatching them away from the hell of fire and worms. If Jesus did not come on the first Christmas day, every single one of us will surely go to hell.

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CELEBRATIONS FOR GOD, COMMANDED BY THE BIBLE: If we read the Bible more carefully, we will not fail to realize that the commemoration and the celebration of anything that relates to God—in

His manifestations as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were commanded by God Himself to be carried out by those who truly believe and have faith in Him.

This commemoration or celebration by the earliest believers was no longer meant only for their personal satisfaction, even if the food and drinks that were regularly served during those commemorations or celebrations can be consumed only through days and weeks of continuous eating and drinking and merry-making, but more for their spiritual strength, to make them come closer to God.

The fact was that, the celebrations were designed to make the believers remember the salvation given to them by God, first from the death and destruction devised against them by their enemies, like their enslavement for 400 years in Egypt, or from natural calamities and tragedies, like the famine that struck Israel for seven years during the time of Joseph the dreamer, the son of Jacob or Israel.

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LIST OF FEASTS COMMEMORATED IN THE BIBLE: If the truth be told, there are seven major celebrations which the Bible, in its Old Testament, required from believers and which were carried out by them through regal celebrations. These are the Feasts of the Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits, Feast of the Weeks (Pentecost), Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or Ingathering).

We do not have the time and space in this column today to discuss each and every one of these feasts, but my intention in listing them down here is to show to all that celebrations and commemorations of anything related to, or intertwined with, the goodness and graciousness of God, whose Name is Jesus, is not just a tradition or a habit, but is a Biblical command that must be complied with.

That is true, even with, or more so in the case of, Christmas. To those who believe that God Himself whose Name is Jesus was the One who came to earth in the form of man, with flesh and blood, and accepted the punishment for man’s sinfulness, we should celebrate Christmas, because there is great joy in God’s salvation for us.

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