Why I am Not Ashamed to Celebrate the Incarnation in December

Short Answer:  IT’S JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Longer Answer:

The birth of Jesus was accompanied by worship, praise, and celebration.  Sure we don’t have a NT example of the church celebrating it, but it was an important part of the Gospel story and Matthew and Luke give many details about it. Doesn’t that count for something? So, maybe we do have an example. (oh right, we can’t use the angels as examples because they play harps, and therefore have no credibility as examples)

We always look at feasts and celebrations as negatives, either in OT or in church history.  Why is that? God commanded many of them.  Others He at least tolerated.  He only complained about them in contrast with their hypocrisy in the OT.  Why do we believe the NT church is more spiritual or better than Israel for not having feasts and celebrations other than Communion (which we have sadly reduced to the point that it is neither a feast nor a celebration)?  Where does the Bible teach that weekly celebrations are better than annual ones?  Or that one has replaced the other?  Or that we can’t do anything annually because of what we already do weekly/daily?  See the previous post to consider Biblical examples.

When “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “O Holy Night” comes on the radio in December (and that’s the only time, unfortunately, it will be on the radio), why shouldn’t we all rejoice at being reminded of God’s greatness and Christ’s humility?  Should we try to hold in the joy and excitement and awe of the Incarnation just because of the calendar?

I am going to enjoy it.  I would enjoy it in July and September just as much.  I appreciate every cultural reminder–from TV, radio, etc. even if I have to filter out some materialistic or pagan garbage– that God became a man and dwelt among us.

Maybe we can’t say that it is more important than the Cross or the empty tomb, but…..it’s THE GREATEST EXAMPLE one of the GREATEST themes of God’s story in the Bible:  God wanting to be with mankind!  Immanuel!! (you see these exclamation points and ALL CAPS, right?  do you understand it’s an emotional issue?)

From the garden, to the tabernacle, Solomon’s Temple….God wanted to be with His people.  The birth of Jesus is the most powerful reminder of that, and now we have the Holy Spirit living in us as well!

How can we NOT get excited about the birth of Jesus whenever we are reminded of it?!

How can we NOT worship and praise Father and Son for what they did?

Who are these Christians than have been trained to resist the urge for one month out of the year? Is it a sinful urge? Really?

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven
and on earth
and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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