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The Two Parts of Christmas Celebrations

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Lk. 2:11 KJV)

Similar to the Old Testament feasts, Christmas has two significant parts as a spiritual celebration: the meaning and the festivities of the celebration.

If Christmas is a house, then the spiritual meaning is the foundation, while the festivities are the building erected upon that foundation. So, just as a complete home requires both the invisible foundation and the external structure, Christmas is a package of meaning and joyous celebration. As noted in a previous devotional, the Lord delights in having His people in festive celebrations.

The foundation of Christmas is the spiritual meaning of Christmas. We remember and consider the birth of the Savior of the world. Christmas is Jesus’ birthday; it takes on its whole spiritual meaning as we recognize, rejoice and give thanks that our Savior was born to save us from our sins. 

The spiritual meaning as the foundation of Christmas supports the visible form of the joyous celebrations.  Anyone could share these festivities, whether they are Christians are not. However, since the world cannot accept and celebrate Jesus as the Savior and Lord, they cannot truly celebrate Christmas. They would have to resort to other means of accepting the joyful activities while rejecting the connection with the birth of the Savior. 

Therefore as you celebrate Jesus’ birth, remember that it is His birthday. And birthdays, just as spiritual feasts mentioned above, always combine meaning and festivities! 

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Meditate

Have you ever attended a birthday party that was solely a remembrance of an added year without the joy of celebrations?

Apply the Word

We should neither make Jesus’ birthday boring nor empty— we should not ruin the party!  Give it weight as you put Jesus’s birth at the center of the celebration; make it exciting with the joy and presents, and by putting a smile on someone’s face. You can be sure He takes delight in His people celebrating Him!

Pray

Thank Jesus for accepting to come as a human being to save us. 

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