Bible Teaching Related to Christmas

Text: Galatians 4:9-11

December 25th is the annual observance of Christmas. For many, it is a day to mark the birth of Christ. For many others, it is a day to enjoy time with family, exchange gifts, etc. For others, it is just a day with no more significance than any other day. In this lesson, we will be considering the Scriptures to see what Christmas should be for us as Christians.

The Bible Says Nothing About Christmas

  • The Bible certainly talks about the birth of Christ – prophesied (Isaiah 7:14), recorded (Matthew 1:20-25), necessary component in the scheme of redemption (Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • But as for the Christmas holiday (holy day), the Scriptures are silent

We Must Do All Things by the Authority of Christ

  • We are told to do all things “in the name of the Lord” (Colossians 3:17) – this means by His authority
  • We cannot do whatever we please in His name (Matthew 7:21-23) – we must do the Father’s will
  • This applies individually and collectively
  • Any religious observance of Christmas may only be done if the Scriptures authorize it

Christ Has Given Us Something to Commemorate

  • Under the Law of Moses, there were several days & weeks to be remembered (Leviticus 23)
  • Under the Law of Christ, there is only one – the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-29)
  • The Lord’s Supper was practiced on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7), in the assembly of the local church (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 33), for the purpose of remembering the death of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:26)
  • No other memorial in the NT applies to us either individually or collectively

Some Allowance for Observing Days

  • Not a matter of law (requirement), but liberty for one to regard one day above another (Romans 14:5)
  • To what extent may we observe days? … parallel with eating of meats (Romans 14:2) – no connection made to a religious observance/ritual (1 Corinthians 8:4, 7)
  • If we observe days, it should not be tied to a man-made religious observance/ritual – this would be unauthorized (Colossians 3:17; Matthew 7:21-23)
  • As far as remembering/studying about the birth of Christ, we can do this anytime – there is a difference between reading/studying/reflecting upon Christ’s birth & engaging in the religious observance of Christmas (Galatians 4:9-11)

We Must Avoid Man-Made Religion

  • Man-made religion is worthless (Colossians 2:20-23)
  • Man-made religion renders our worship vain (Matthew 15:9)
  • Man-made religion will cause us to be lost (Matthew 7:21-23)
  • We must worship God in spirit & truth (John 4:24) & obey Him in order to be saved (Hebrews 5:9)

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