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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) God created all things form the smallest amoeba to the largest elephant that roams the earth, the greatest whales that swim in the seas and the mighty condor that soars in the sky. His final masterpiece “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

Imagine a world totally unblemished, all creatures living in perfect harmony. Adam and Eve living together in perfect love, peace and joy with God.

But the serpent, (that is the devil) convinced them – and it didn’t seem that hard – that they needed more. They had riches beyond compare, yet they sought wisdom and equality with God. Satan told them the first great lie:  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4)

So shame, sin and decay entered paradise. The close fellowship with God was shattered. God called to them but Adam answered:  “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” How eternally sad from perfect fellowship to fear and hiding.

Though God punished them by removing them from the garden of Eden, increasing their hardship in the work of their hands and the procreation of children, God did not abandon them. For He gave the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

The seed or offspring of the woman who would crush the head of Satan and restore paradise lost was Jesus Christ. The babe born in Bethlehem on that first Christmas day.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

But he was much more than a beautiful Curry and Ives Christmas Card, for he took on our punishment.

Isaiah 53

3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

Points for discussion.

  1. Why did Adam and Eve not die there and then?
  2. Who Christ was
    1. Great Prophet Deuteronomy 18:15-19 John 7:40
    2. Star and Sceptre out of Israel Numbers 24:17 Matthew 2: 1,2
    3. Descendant of David Isaiah 9:6,7, 11:1-3 Matthew 1:1-17, 3:16
    4. Jesus was born of a virgin and called Immanuel (Which is God With us) Isaiah 7:14, Matt 1:18-25
    5. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1-6 Luke 2:1-7
  3. How does the desire to be like God show itself today?