The Story of Christmas: The Only Birthday Celebration That Still Makes Sense.
Dead people don’t celebrate birthdays. We only remember their lives through commemorations.
We don’t mark or celebrate their birthdays because only the living count days of their birth.
This is why the story of Christmas is instructive. It is the birthday celebration of the most iconic and consequential person in human history. The Man called Jesus.
He is the only historical figure from 2000 years ago still alive today. This is literally true.
He is the only historical figure who leads a major world faith that still lives on as a person.
We know this because he rose on the third day of his burial and left behind an empty tomb. So we know he LIVES ON BODILY.
But today is not about his resurrection but his conception. He was born.
Contrary to many skeptics, he was born after 9 months in the womb. And he lives on after just three days in the tomb.
This is why his birthday celebration makes sense.
For the skeptics who still argue that Jesus (Yehoshua) never existed; that he was never BORN but a fictional or mythical figure, I would urge them to take their case to the following ROMAN HISTORIANS AND AUTHORS who were not even Christians but acknowledged the LIFE of the Man Jesus;
- Flavius Josephus, Roman/Jewish historian. Born circa 37 CE.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Roman historian. Born 56 AD.
- Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, Roman historian. Born circa 69 CE.
- Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (Pliny The Younger), Roman author and magistrate. Born 61 AD.
And these were pagan intellectuals who lived in Rome around that time and wrote out of sheer intellectual honesty about Jesus and His Life in Judea which at the time was under Roman Imperial control.
We still have the written and well-documented testimonies of eyewitnesses like the 12 disciples and others who didn’t just testify that he was born but that he died and rose again. In other words, HE LIVES ON.
So yes, the historical evidence is real and overwhelming.
Now the 25th of December was clearly not the day he was born. The date was the choice of the Roman Catholic Papacy to discourage the celebration of other pagan deities.
But the 25th of December is not what we celebrate. It is not about the Season. It is about the Reason. However the reason gives the season significance.
Jesus is the reason we celebrate.
It wouldn’t have made any difference if it was on the 5th of January or 25th of May. The fact remains that he was born and we acknowledge his Birth as a gift to the world of men.
And that’s why we wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
It is a day to be merry because the most important birth of all happened and he lives on still.