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Bible silent on remembering Christ’s birth

Friday December 21, 2018 Written by Published in Church Talk

The Bible is totally and absolutely silent regarding Christ’s birth as an event to be remembered and celebrated.

 

However, it does have a lot to say about His death, resurrection and return.

In 1st Corinthians 11: 23 – 26, the Apostle Paul gave clear instructions for the church and the world, emphatically reminding them that the partaking of both the elements of bread and wine during Holy Communion is the most significant act for remembrance of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thus at verse 26 he writes, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come”.

All four Gospel writers Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, record only historical accounts describing the where, when, how, why and for what reason and purpose Jesus Christ was born.

Hosts of angels announced and glorified the birth of the Christ child, Shepherds in the field welcomed his birth, wise men from the East came with gifts to witness and honour his arrival and his parents Joseph and Mary revered and kept in their hearts the message delivered to them by the angel Gabriel. However, there was absolutely no word to say that his birth should be remembered and celebrated. Christmas therefore has sadly become little more than a big business extravaganza. It’s a paganistic form of celebration and comes with high expectation of road fatalities, domestic violence and escalation of alcohol and drug related problems.

This Christ child who grew up to be the Light of the World, Prince of Peace, Saviour and Redeemer of all mankind, who died upon the Cross for the sins of all of humanity, is the total and extreme opposite to what the world has made his birth, character and mission out to be.

The Christmas celebration delivers a more materialistic message than the angelic message of good tidings of great joy to all people. We pray that the whole of Christendom will re-align their focus more on the spiritual and holy notion of the Christ child than what the world and carnal mind portray of him.

Be Christ-blessed throughout the entire festive season and pleasant entry into the New Year 2019.

Bishop Tutai Pere

Apostolic Church