Without Jesus there would be no Christmas. Christmas comes from an old English saying Crīstesmæsse, (first recorded in 1038) meaning ‘Christ’s Mass’ which was an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Without Jesus there would be no Advent season. There would be no first coming and no expectation of His second coming.
Without Jesus there would be no traditional carols sung by generations over the last few centuries. No “O Come O Come Emmanuel” sung since the 12th century; No “Joy to the World” penned in 1719; No “Silent Night composed in 1818.
Without Jesus the prophecies that were spoken over three thousand years ago predicting His birth and life would be false. The Bible would be untrue. There would be no standard of truth.
Without Jesus there would be no Messiah. There would be no salvation; there would be no forgiveness; there would be no eternal life.
Without Jesus there would be no church. No gatherings, no worship, no Holy Spirit.
Regardless of the attempt that culture is trying to change the focus of Christmas – Happy Holidays – it will never change the fact that JESUS is the source of our Christmas celebrations. How simple it seems for people to try to change our entire history and a truth that has pervaded the world for millennia. The fact is that JESUS was born of a virgin birth. JESUS did come to save the world; JESUS sacrificed His life freely; JESUS forgives us of our sin; JESUS has made a way for eternal life.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 8:6 “But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for Him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.”
JESUS is the source of all that we are and all that we believe.
As you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends remember that it is all because of JESUS!
Mark Cole: Here is a great song on the same subject: