When I thought of Christmas, I thought of family, friends, and exchanging gifts for most of my life. I gave little consideration, if any, to Jesus. However, by the time I became a Christian, I understood the true meaning of Christmas. To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Around this time of year, the “Christmas” story is often told, citing verses from Isaiah and Matthew.

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 (NIV)

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

Some also read Luke 2:1-20 since it tells of Jesus’ birth as another Christmas passage.

I learned early in life that not everyone knows everything I do. I dare not call it “common sense” because something about identifying something as “common” infers an insult to those who don’t know whatever that thing might be. Hence the expression, “common sense is not so common.” Instead, I will stick with the fact that not everyone knows everything that everyone else knows.

Recently, someone approached me at church with an urgent issue. Someone just told this person that December 25 was not Jesus’ birthday. This person isn’t a child or even young in the Christian faith. I don’t recall when I learned that December 25 isn’t Jesus’ birthday, but I know. It seems like something I’ve always known. Hence, the temptation to call it “common sense.” Yet, it was an earth-shattering concept to this sister who was in crisis mode.

I explained to this sister that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day. In fact, we don’t know when he was born. It might have been in September, as some say, or even October. Maybe August or even the spring. The fact is, we don’t know. However, just because we don’t know the actual date of Jesus’ birth, there’s no problem celebrating it on December 25.

Christmas is when we celebrate and observe the birth of Jesus Christ. Just as we celebrate and keep other occasions at varying times, some we know the dates and others we don’t, we do the same with Christmas. When people can’t all be together to celebrate someone’s birthday or other special occasions, they may designate a time and date to do so when everyone can be together. Such celebrations are every day; therefore, celebrating Jesus’ birthday on December 25 should be no less extraordinary and honorific because we don’t know the actual date.

So, on this Christmas day, I wish you a Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.