Summary: A balance approach to Christmas for the Christian
Defending and upending Christmas
Many overbalanced views of Christmas
Easier to talk about it now that’s it’s over
I want to do this lesson tonight-
so we can get it on C.D.
Sell them during the year- and be ready next Christmas
1. Where does the name “Christmas” come from?
First half of the word “Christ”- means “the anointed one”
1 To apply oil, ointment, or a similar substance to.
2 To put oil on during a religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.
Mass. -1. a. Public celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches.
In summary, Christmas- as defined within the word-is from Roman Catholic, and has little to do with any information derived from the Bible itself.
2. Why December 25th?-
Romans had a feast on Dec. 25th called –
the feast of the Sun God
The 25th of December, when the sun was the lowest in the sky-and the day period the shortest-was called the "Birthday of the Sun,"
3. When was Jesus really born?
They shepherds brought sheep inside during winter months due to cold
Luke 2:1-3- Census would not be called for in the middle of winter
So the Dec 25th date we know is not correct
“Is there a way to know”
"Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry." Luke 3:23.
He preached 3 ½ years and died on the 14th of Nisan- Passover
Nisan usually the end of March or Beginning of April
So a half year before that would be- SOMETIME IN OCTOBER
4. Are Christmas Trees pagan?
Gentiles brought trees in and decorated them
AND WORSHIPPED THEM-
They hung balls on the tree- WORHSIPPED PLANETS
One piece of wood and do all these things- then you make into a God
Moral of the story- don’t worship your Xmas tree
I’m not against them- not for them
If you want one get one- if you don’t then don’t
I don’t want them in sanctuary- don’t wanna fight that battle
5. So did everybody show up at the manger on the same night?
We read that the shepherds “find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes”
Now let’s read
It says “Young Child” and they we at “the house”
The edict was to kill all kids 2 and under. Why?
That’s probably how old Jesus was at the time.
6. Why are they taking “Christ” out of Christmas?
Ever driving and see IXOYE
I- Jesus X- Christ O- God Y- Son E- Jesus
X stands for Christ
So X isn’t taking Christ out at all. X MEANS CHRIST
7. What about Santa Clause?- I”LL GIVE YOU MY OPINION
I talked about Santa Clause- some people think I’m against Santa
Not against Santa- I’m against what parents have done with Santa
Be good or Santa wont bring you gifts-
discipline your kids- If they’re naughty or nice is up to You
Don’t hold Santa over their head
If they can’t be good – You’re the parent ---fix it
“He sees you when You’re sleeping- know if you’re awake
God sees them- Santa don’t
We tell our kids their safe in their house- no monster – goblins- ghouls- burglars
You’re safe- Except for one night a year
Then a fat guy in a suit is going to
slide down the chimney- Eat our food and leave
Giving somebody else credit- for the money you spent-
We buy gifts, give a fat guy they’ll never meet the credit
Tell your kids- We love you and we spent our money to get you these gifts
Don’t lie to your kids- spend 5-6 yrs lying to them-
THEN YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM YOU”VE BEEN LYING
Tell them he’s like Bugs Bunny- A made up character- they’ll still love him
We watch Rudolph and Santa Clause every year
They’re characters- Rugrats, Dora, Jimmy Neutron, Tom & Jerry
Tell them you love them
You bought those gifts with your money
And you’ll give them gifts whether they’re good or bad
That’s what our Father does