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“Someone told me that Jesus probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25. If that is true, is it wrong to celebrate his birth on that day?”— Linda
The Bible doesn’t give us a date nor mention a celebration of his birthday in the early church. Two gospels (Matt. 1:18-2:12; Luke 1:26-2:20) provide only minimal birth accounts.
The Christmas holiday we observe today is a relatively recent (19th century) development. It largely represents efforts by the church over the centuries to co-opt a smattering of pagan holidays and their trappings.
Scripture does emphasize incarnation, God becoming man (Jn. 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15-20; I Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14-18; I Jn. 4:2).
Taking a particular time of the year to reflect on this truth in a focused fashion is a good thing, the hijacking of the holiday by consumerism notwithstanding.
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