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Merry Christmas to All!

24 Dec

Here’s a Peanuts cartoon that isn’t perfect but does convey the true meaning of Christmas.  

The cartoon reminds us that the meaning of Christmas is something more than mad, last-minute dashes to whichever stores are having the best sales and hopes of receiving something made of plastic or an electronic device that’s really, really cool.  

There’s a “gift” in Christmas that’s far greater than all the toys sold on Amazon.  We’re all invited to receive that gift (if we care to).  But most of us don’t even notice that particular gift. Maybe we don’t see it because it doesn’t come with colored wrapping paper or a bow.  Maybe we pay no attention to that gift because it’s only a promise today of the gift of salvation years from now, after we pass on.  

Still, it’s ironic how many people celebrate Christmas without really recognizing and remembering the most spectacular gift that anyone could ever receive.

The Peanuts clip offers a simple reminder of that gift.  You might be surprised to remember that gift.

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Thanks to all of you who visit this blog.  Merry Christmas to y’all . . . from The State of Texas!

 
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25 responses to “Merry Christmas to All!

  1. Peg-Powers

    December 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    A gift is given.

    “To those who receive HIM gave HE power to become the Sons of God.”

    HE was massacred, and that event can never be seen as a “Merry” event. I’m not Catholic. I don’t celebrate MASS. Christ-Mass. I celebrate the gift of LIFE and the New Testament power given us by the Father, a taste of all good things to come.

     
    • Adask

      December 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Christmas is intended to celebrate the Christ’s birth–not his death. The Christ’s birth marked the first moments of a gift that was ultimately offered to the word: salvation through faith. That gift did not come into full force and effect until after the Christ was crucified and, three days later, rose from death. Although the Christ’s death constituted a great sacrifice on our behalf, that death was nothing to celebrate. But his resurrection, three days later, was cause for great celebration.

      Ignoring the Christ’s baptism and transfiguration, there are three fundamental events in the Christ’s earthly life: his birth, death and resurrection. It’s not necessarily true, but it’s arguable that the Christ’s birth was the least important of those three events–but that’s the event we celebrate every Christmas.

       
      • J.M.

        December 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        @ But his resurrection, three days later, was cause for great celebration.

        YES,this makes sense but I still do not understand how a rabbit & eggs contribute honor to the celebration. Same as I do not understand how Santa Clause,a tree,wreath,mistletoe,etc. honor the birth of the King of Kings.

         
      • J.M.

        December 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        “Christmas is intended to celebrate the Christ’s birth–…..”

        Do you have an original / beginning source for this intent? If so, will you please share it? THANKS !

         
    • J.M.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Hi Peg-Powers,

      It seems to me if mankind really cared about “The Messiah” & they INSIST on having a day to “remember” him, a day would be established to remember his LIFE on Earth, what he taught,what he went through,etc., & think/picture him as is described in Revelation AFTER the resurrection, instead of ALWAYS a newborn baby, AND picture him crucified & just as helpless on the stake. How sad. I hope I am not around when the “Day of Lord arrives.” People’s teeth will be rattling THEN.

       
    • J.M.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Excuse me, “THE DAY OF THE LORD.” And I ain’t talking about Sunday, the first day of the week either.

       
  2. Jetlag

    December 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    Merry Christmas.

     
    • J.M.

      December 31, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Jetlag,
      @ > Merry Christmas
      It seems to me, you, Jetlag, are saying that the fertility rite that went from being called Saturnalia, observance to Christmas Observance (A change of name only) is not of this world, or, you are being ironic like I sometimes am. If you are being ironic I understand, if not, you have picked an appropriate username. Which it is? Huh? In other words, are you being ironic?

       
  3. kanani

    December 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I thought the December 25th holiday is celebrating the birth of Caesar Augustus after a little tweek of the calender 2,000 years ago.

    A pagan holiday that has nothing to do with Christ, but Mystery Babylon.

    When was Christ born anyhow? Most likely no one knows, and not the 25th of Dec.

    Roman Empire still rules today.

     
    • J.M.

      December 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      kanani,
      Appreciate your comment. I understand it the same way you do. Maybe not “as much” as you do but enough to believe you are right.I believe for the most part, the saying is true that ANYONE convinced against their will is of the same opinion still. BUT, there are a few exceptions to this.

      Whatever the observance means to the observer is to him / her, the REASON for the observance & none other exists. People justify anything by saying well here is the way I look at it. Apparently the way “The Eternal God” looks at it doesn’t matter. Personally, I want to look at it, see it the way he does. I saw something recently re: two countries at war but they both agreed that during the “Christmas season” the war would cease to honor the birth of Christ. Guess what happened when The season was over?

       
    • J.M.

      December 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      kanani
      @ A pagan holiday that has nothing to do with Christ, but Mystery Babylon.

      My research shows / says the same identical thing. But apparently this is not important, therefore MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

       
  4. Carl

    December 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    You call yourself a resesearcher? Well do a little research in the Bible and you would know that Christmas is pagan from beginning to end. Tell me how to worship the devil in a Godly manner! Wake up people time is short. I know of at least a dozen verses- Jeremiah 10:2-4,2:20,3:6,3:13,11 Kings16:4,17:10,11 Chroncles28:4, Isaiah 57:3-5,1:14, 1 Kings 14:23, Amos 5:21, Deuteronomy 12:2 and I could give you more Biblical and secular! WAKE UP PEOPLE

     
    • Adask

      December 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Are you saying that we can’t celebrate the Christ’s birth on any day that’s deemed to be a pagan holiday? Because, if you are, you imply that the power of pagan holidays is superior to the power of Christ.

      I am suggesting that despite the probability that the Christ was not born on December 25th, it is appropriate to celebrate his birth on any day, every day. I agree that it would be better to celebrate on the proper day, but since we don’t seem to know the proper day, why shouldn’t we pick some day for our celebration–perhaps even a day that was formerly (or is even currently) a pagan holiday?

      If the pagans celebrate one holiday on December 25th, and we celebrate another, whose celebration controls? Whose celebration is more powerful? One-third of the world celebrates the Christ’s birthday on December 25th. Does one man in 10,000 celebrate a pagan holiday on December 25th?

      It’s easy to criticize the original motives for the Catholic Church picking December 25th as the Christ’s birthday. I agree with those criticisms. If I knew the true date of the Christ’s birth, I would absolutely condemn the December 25th celebration as false and advise people to celebrate the Christ’s birth on his true birthday.

      But I don’t know that Christ’s true date of birth. Do you?

      If you don’t know the Christ’s true date of of birth, what date do you suggest we use? If the date you suggest is not the true date, why should we celebrate on the “untrue” date that you suggest rather than the “untrue” date of December 25th?

      If you reject December 25th as a day to celebrate the Christ’s birth, but you can’t identify the exactly proper date of Christ’s birth, aren’t you implicitly arguing that we shouldn’t celebrate the Christ’s birth on any day–unless one date has been absolutely proven to be that of the Christ’s actual birth?

      If we follow the logic of your complaint, would there be any day in all the year when we were “allowed” to celebrate the Christ’s birth? Would the Christian faith be strengthened by the loss of December 25th Christmas celebrations? Truthfully, it might be. But it might also be weakened. It’s a tough call. But, despite all the commercialization etc. of Christmas, isn’t it (on balance) better to have at least one day when we can all celebrate the Christ’s birth than it would be to have no day at all?

      One other point: Insofar as the church declared Christmas to be celebrated on a day that was previously regarded as an important pagan holiday, did the church succumb to the power of paganism–or did the church demonstrate its power to overcome the pagans by “stealing” the former pagan holiday? In a sense, by claiming the Christ was born on December 25th, the church implicitly said “screw you effing pagans”. I don’t know that that’s a good thing, but is it a bad thing?

       
      • Carl

        December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        I did not mean to insult you, but so be it! The church is deception itself.By church I assume you mean catholic, because the Israel of the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob would be called eklesia when 2 or more are gathered in his name. Nowhere in the Word of God are we told to celebrate his birth, that is why we do not know the exact date.(by design) There is more evidence, as I said , Zacharias was doing his service at the temple and his wife was pregnant how far along when her cousin Mary became with child? Plus one would need to know that the first of the year is our March 20 beginning at sundown.He was born our September to mid October, my guess would be September 11! Sound crazy? Well maybe not if you know that the Living God Almighty say”s that the children of darkness are smarter than the children of Light. My people suffer for lack of knowledge. To align our self with anything pagan is evil. Did you look up the verses I gave you? Tell me how we can worship the devil in a Godly way? it is not possible.The battle that has been going on since Cain killed Abel, and those same people who Jesus Christ said were responsible for ALL the rightous blood shed on earth from Abel to Zacharias, and killed him are now having his people defend the very pagan thing they promote in the first place!!! Did you notice that is A to Z. They have stolen our identity, our country, our money, and we have been fighting THEIR wars since the war of northern agression and the end is not until Jesus Christ returns. And that is closer every day, as the falling away has been going on for a long time, and next will be the revealing of the son of perdition. Yes there will be many other events till then.(I don”t have the time) If anyone will just look at the secular and Biblical evidence you could not condone such evil. He said I will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie for they had no love of the TRUTH. Other than your comment here, I enjoy your articles, because I have been aware of Redemtion for about 35 years, it is interesting, but when push comes to shove they will not follow their own rules. If need be I will comment futher, but for now THINK about what I said. I am not to smart, if I can figure it out it is not to difficult. He uses the foolish (ME} to confound the WISE, and the weak to defeat the STRONG.

         
      • Yartap

        December 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Al, your thoughts are correct about removing or overshadowing pagan beliefs by Rome.

        In the late 4th century, in early 380 AD, Pope Damasus I was endeavoring to force all
        Christians in the Roman Empire to yield to his authority. He got the Emperor to issue an
        edict requiring them to practice the religion of Rome. It is about this time the Christmas midnight Mass was first celebrated and December 25th first identified as a Catholic holy day.

        It is said Damasus was seeking to lure the people away from pagan rites honoring the birth of the sun god at midnight by compelling Catholic attendance at a memorial in honor of Christ’s death, i.e. the Mass. The people confused this Mass with the pagan solar birth rituals conducted at that same time. Gradually, the Christ-Mass became associated with the Nativity.

         
    • J.M.

      December 27, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      This particular mass is a mess.

       
    • J.M.

      December 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Carl,
      @ > I did not mean to insult you, but so be it!

      But so be it ?? It appears you are a tad-bit self-righteous if you meant “if what I say insults you, so what. How long did it take you to know & understand what you do? But, I am just as guilty as you are in my own way, I guess. We can’t see our own shortcomings but we have no problem seeing other’s shortcomings. We could help each other with this problem if we sincerely cared. I do know I say things but see too late, I goofed. I have a temper problem, which is only one of many but how many, I don’t know.

       
  5. Martens

    December 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    An early doctrine held that prophets of the church were conceived on the same calendar day they died.

    Once the early church established March 25th as the date of Christ’s crucifixion, they concluded this was also the date of his conception. Add 9 months to get December 25th.

     
    • J.M.

      December 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Martens,

      I’m thinking NOW to myself, have mercy I must be MORE dense than I thought,re: your statement:

      >”An early doctrine held that prophets of the church were conceived on the same calendar day they died.”
      Does this mean they died within 24 hours after they were conceived ? ANYWAY, The shepherds were NOT watching their flocks by night on what we call today,December 25th.IT WAS TOO COLD at that time for them to be out in the fields all night,watching their flocks. Rebuttals welcome. As far as anyone KNOWING the exact day of conception, I think is almost impossible, unless it was the first & only time a woman engaged in the “procedure.”

       
      • Martens

        December 27, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        J.M. “Does this mean they died within 24 hours after they were conceived ?”

        It means they died on an anniversary of their conception, according to the early church. This rule was applied to prophets in general, not only Jesus.

        Thus, once Jesus was determined to have been crucified on a March 25th, he must have been conceived on a March 25th also, according to the early church. Nine months after being conceived, one is born. In this case that brings us to December 25th.

        Whether this reasoning is valid or not is a different subject. The point here is only to explain how the early church (before 300 AD) arrived at December 25th as the date for Christmas.

         
    • J.M.

      December 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Martens,
      What “early church” are you meaning? Or, The early what church? Which early church?

       
    • J.M.

      January 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      @-> An early doctrine held that prophets of the church were conceived on the same calendar day they died.

      Please post your source for this “early doctrine.” But will you? Based on other things you have said & there was a question about it, & your no response, the chances are good that you will not post your source re:this “early doctrine either.” OR maybe you do respond & they just won’t go through. I have had this problem too, in trying to communicate with Christian Gains. I need to know if I am wrong again by thinking this early doctrine is a bunch of B.S. I know you don’t think it is.

       
  6. Yartap

    December 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    The birth date of Jesus Christ?

    It all depends upon which calendar one uses. A Hebrew calendar has 354 days, 8hours for a year, with a leap month added every few years for a total of 383 days per year. Or a standard calendar which has 365 to 366 days per year. So, by comparing both calendars together back to the time of Christ’s birth we can say that the date is:

    39 days before the observed holiday of Yom Kippur, OR September 11, 3 B.C.

    How do we calculate this? From the verses found in Luke chapter 2.

    22 “Now when the days (40 days) of her (Mary; mother of Jesus) purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him (Jesus) to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord;”

    So, we know that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple on the 40th day after Jesus’s birth for Mary’s purification to offer a sacrifice. So, what was that day?

    36 “Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;”
    37 “and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who DID NOT DEPART from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers NIGHT and DAY.”

    From these two verses, Luke tells us that Anna “did not depart” with “fastings and prayers” “night and day.” At that time, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement; 10th day of the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar) was the only time the temple would be open all day and night. It is, also, a day of fasting and prayers, day and night. The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt. At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God.

     
  7. J.M.

    December 27, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    What a MASSive MESS.

     
    • J.M.

      December 29, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Yartap,
      Re: Your message on December 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM
      BEAUTIFUL !!!

      Great discovery on your part. NOW, how many do you think will choose that day OVER December 25 to honor & celebrate the birth of The Messiah. NOBODY. I gah-roan-tee it. It’s absurd to say why. Above all, remember !!! we only have 8, that’s EIGHT, only 8 more days of Christmass, whoops, I mean Christmas,pronounced KRIS-MUSS left. It’s over on Jan. 5th if we count Dec. 25 as the first day of Christmas. On the 12th day of Christmass my true love gave to me. …….”

       

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