Christmas is a most anticipated celebration all over the world and yet the most misunderstood. Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December every year in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. According to history, Jesus was born around the year 5 BC and factual accounts record that an Angel of God appeared to the shepherds the night of Jesus’ birth saying, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10–11).
Having this knowledge, here are some reasons why we celebrate Christmas:
- It is Good News!
Going back into the account according to St Luke, the Angel of God actually said that the birth of Jesus Christ is “good news.” We know what it means when we get good news. We are excited, happy, joyous, and we know that Good news is meant to be celebrated.
2. We Celebrate Jesus, the Saviour of the World
Yes! Jesus is the reason for the season. Although It’s Jesus Birthday in some but more importantly, we celebrate the substance of who He is, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WHOLE WORLD! That’s mind-blowing. Jesus was born to rescue the whole of mankind from sin and death so that they may live. One of Jesus Disciples named Mathew in recording the account of Jesus Birth had this to say:
“She (Mary the mother of Jesus) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
3. We Celebrate Christmas to emulate the Generosity of God
At the heart of Christmas is the simple fact that God gave and sacrificed his only son to the whole world just to save us. In writing about this, John, Jesus’ cousin said:
For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him[b] will never perish but experience everlasting life.
So, we emulate this generosity not by sacrificing our sons and daughters because that has been done once and for all by God. We, instead, share the love of God by telling someone about Jesus’ story, give gifts, show kindness and spread God’s love.
What is your reason for celebrating Christmas?