Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a time to rejoice, reflect and be with family and friends etc.
I don’t want any of my brother’s, sister’s, friends and family to take me wrong about some of what I am about to write here, but I intend to make you think on purpose.
We that are or call ourselves Apostolic or Pentecostal have and hold a very deep and revealed understanding of the Word of God.
But we do err in some cases, maybe not to be in sin? My greatest concern is we teach our children at times some the Christmas traditions as facts or with out further explanation. We should teach them as stories and tales that can not be truly founded.
What we teach as the truth and facts should come strictly from the WORD, with no twist or additions because we are caught up in tradition’s of men.
1 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. 2 Now when[a] they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”
6 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘ This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
7 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’[b]
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men[c]—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”
9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’;[d] and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’[e] 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”[f]
17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”[g] 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
Colossians 2:8 (King James Version)
8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
An example of what many teach and we display in our Christmas plays, pictures etc. The wise men at the actual manger scene or there at the same time as the shepherds. Sorry to be the guy who love’s truth in its full form. But read and study your Bible in full. Do not pick and choose what suites you.
Read Matthew chapter 2 about the wise men.
Matthew 2:11 (King James Version)
11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Please note that the wise men came into the house.
In Luke chapter 2 he makes not mention of wise men being present on the night of the actual birth. I would think that would have been to big off an error on Luke’s part to leave out that very important part.
I recall when our daughter was a baby and young child, we did not teach her that there was a Santa Claus. I was told by some well meaning member’s of our Church that I was mean and deprived her of an important part of her childhood. I still loved these people by the way.
Two reasons why we did not teach the Santa Claus myth.
1. To teach her that Santa Claus comes down a chimney, know our very thoughts, actions etc. is a lie. So to teach her that and when she becomes old enough to know the real truth, is it possible that mom and dad are teaching a lie about Jesus Christ? Therefore planting seeds of doubt about the real Truth.
2. Santa Claus or Saint Nick was a Catholic priest or monk,so how can we who have come to the fullness of truth even pretend or look to the Catholic Church who has changed the original doctrine that was once delivered to the Saints? You say how is that, study the council of Nicea 325 A.D.
It was at this council that many of the Apostolic fathers’ teachings were altered, changed or even rituals were introduced that could not be backed up by the WORD of God period.
1 Timothy 4:7 (King James Version)
7But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
2 Peter 1:16 (King James Version)
16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
So why do we celebrate Christmas or the Birth and what should the content be?
As for me and my household it is about the coming of the Messiah. Hope for a world lost in sin and facing eternal damnation to hell. Salvation for the lost.
You see the Father in Creation robed himself in flesh and came to us in the lowly manger. We see and understand that their is One true God. God is a spirit and those that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
JESUS- meaning Jehovah who saves or brings Salvation.
JEHOVAH – meaning The self existent ONE.
(The self existent ONE who saves or brings Salvation).
That is what we celebrate Christmas about.
The GOD of the Old Testament came to us in flesh.
Deuteronomy 6:4 (King James Version)
4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Mark 12:29 (King James Version)
29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
John 1 (New King James Version)
The Word Becomes Flesh
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”
16 And[e] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[f] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Acts 2 (King James Version)
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Colossians 1 (King James Version)
14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
THIS IS WHAT WE CELEBRATE AT OUR HOME AT CHRISTMAS!
Yes we have all types of decorations at our home during the Christmas season, trees and all the extras. We have never taught in any form or fashion that they are Bible based, but they are traditions of men. So in hopes to have a balance, yet celebrate the birth of our LORD and SAVIOUR .
So with that I am asking my Christian brothers and sisters to deeply consider what or how you teach your children about the Christmas story.
P.S. If I have stepped on your toes, maybe we should examine our self and see if we be in the faith.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR