>The Christ of Christmas

>Christmas is one of the greatest holidays in the history of the world. The other great holiday is Easter. However, without Christmas there would not be an Easter celebration. Christians everywhere celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ because he is our Savior. At Christmas time we think of Jesus Christ in different ways:

1. Jesus Christ: The Son of Abraham. As the son of Abraham, Jesus is the promised seed through whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed:

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).

2. Jesus Christ: The Son of David. As the son of David, Jesus is the promised king of Israel, the anointed one of God. As king, Jesus came to reign in the hearts of men and women everywhere:

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:32).

3. Jesus Christ: The Son of Joseph. As the son of Joseph, Jesus is the Son of Man, the one who took upon Himself human nature and who came to carry on His cross the pains and sufferings of humanity:

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14).

4. Jesus Christ: The Son of God. As the Son of God, Jesus was sent by the Father to tell human beings of God’s love and to save those who believe in Him:

“For God so loved the world,1 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).

I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy and blessed Christmas. May the Christ of Christmas bring you love, joy, happiness, and an abundance of blessings this Christmas. And may the New Year bring God’s grace to you every day.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to >The Christ of Christmas

  1. MariFreem says:

    >Dr. Mariottini,First let me say that I thoroughly enjoy reading your insightful, and well thought blogs! I do however question this post as well as the Christmas day post. As a well researched writer I was surprised to not find anywhere in these posts, the truth regarding both Christmas and Easter, in that both are taken from pagan holidays.Is it not widely thought that Christ was really born in early fall? Christmas aspects such as a “Christmas tree” are really from the celebration of the Roman festival Saturnalia, and December 25th marked the birthday of the Roman god Mithras and the Greek god Dionysis.I am indeed a “believer” though my faith does not align with any typical conventional commercial version of Christianity. However its deceptive practices such as Christmas and Easter that have turned my husband (a preacher’s kid, former youth paster and once strong southern Baptist) into a bitter atheist/agnostic.Do you think that for the more analytical and logic driven people, celebrations taken from other lesser viewed religions creates a shaky foundation?I personally don’t have a problem with it, because of the freedom I experience in my own faith, however my husband was raised that certain traditions of Christianity were absolute truth and mandatory in ones faith. As he began his own quest for Truth, these absolutes from his childhood began to falter, and thus started a chain reaction that has led him to the his current state of belief. Thank you again for your great blogs, and I hope you find no offense in my response, but I just wanted to ask your thoughts on the history and birth of these holidays.Regards and Merry Christmas 🙂

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  2. >MariFreem,Thank you for your comment and thank you for the nice words about my blog.First of all, let me say that I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church and I understand the faith impositions Southern Baptist at times make upon its members. When people place their faith in a credo or on denominational teachings, they may be disappointed when these things fail.Now, for the issue of Christmas. It is true that Jesus was not born on December 25, but we know that he was born. As for Easter, the date of Easter changes every year because the date of Easter is artificial, and yet, we know that the resurrection took place.The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the day Christ was born, either in December, April, or June. The early church may have adopted a pagan holiday as a mean of converting pagans and that day became the traditional day to celebrate the birth of Christ. Would it be any different if we celebrated Christmas on April 17?As Christians, we place our faith in Christ; all the other things may serve as reminders of what Christ has done for us. I celebrate Christmas in order to remember that in Christ God became one of us. I celebrate Easter in order to remember that death is not the end of every thing. I could celebrate Christmas in April, June, August, or any month because the most important thing in the celebration is not the day it is celebrated, but the meaning behind the celebration.May God bless you and your husband in your journey of faith.Claude Mariottini

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  3. MariFreem says:

    >Dr. Mariottini, Well, said! Thank you for the response. I look forward to more interesting and in depth blogs from you in this new year!Regards,Mari

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