“Sacred Songs and Stories” Part 4 Christmas 2022December 18, 2022
1. The Bible says; Thou shalt celebrate Christmas and do so on December 25th! INCORRECT.
Upon his conversion to Christianity, the Roman Emperor had Christianity declared the official” state” religion. The actual idea to celebrate Christmas on December 25th traces back to that time in the 4th century
The Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god, during this time of year at the winter . Church leaders decided that around the, literally darkest time of the year, they should instead celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the of the World. December 25th was chosen to annually celebrate Christ’s Mass from which we get Christmas.
“Jesus, Refulsit Omnium” (Jesus, light of all the nations) is one of, if not the earliest known carol, dating from to the 4th Century.
Christmas – Most historians believe Jesus was born in the springtime.
2. The Wisemen were present at the birth of Jesus – INCORRECT – they came after and we have no idea how many there were.
Matthew 2:1,2 (ESV); Now … “Where is he who has born….
3. The Angels sang at the birth of Jesus. No, the angels God and , not sang, though it could be debated how that praise was expressed.
Luke 2:13,14 (ESV);
Why, do I make such a big deal about these things? Because the truth of the Word of God matters. It is not our place to try to the Word of God into our story, it is God’s holy Word. This idea is a very dangerous one as it suggests that it is not necessarily important that we either read it accurately or worse can present it to others, incorrectly.
John 1:14 (ESV); John 14:6 (ESV);
The word “carol” comes from the Old French word caroller, which means “dancing around in a circle.”
Caroller comes from the Latin choraula, which in turn was derived from the Greek choraules from which we get words like chorale and .
During the 12th Century, St Francis of Assisi brought Christmas carols into church services.
Singing of Christmas carols were actually banned between 1649 and 1660 in the Church of England by the English .
Why do I sing carols? 1. The Bible says we are to sing. 2. To help us remember the truths of Scripture 3. To share the Good News of the Gospel with others. The Bible says that we should sing, even if it’s a joyful that we are making or it is none auditory like our deaf brothers and sisters.
Psalm 30:4 (ESV); 1st Chronicles 16:8,9 (ESV); Isaiah 12:5 (ESV);
In 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, handed out sugar sticks to all the children present during the lengthy Living Nativity Service. His motive was not particularly spiritual but rather an attempt to did this to keep them quiet during the service. He had the candies bent into shepherds’ crooks to represent the shepherds who came to see the Christ child.
Let me illustrate as many others have done throughout the centuries using the Candy Cane.
Like the shepherd’s of the Candy Cane – Jesus said in John 10:11 (ESV).
Like the white of a Candy Cane – Jesus is and Pure – 2nd Corinthians 5:21 (ESV); .
Like the Red colour of the Candy Cane – Jesus, the Son of God became the Son of Man and shed His for our sins.
Colossians 1:19,20 (ESV);
It is a tradition for me to refer to this time of year this way; “the Son of God, became the Son of God, the Messiah, in order that you and I, could then become sons and daughters of God.”
Some traditions are worth keeping and some are not.
Whether or not you do or you are able, to celebrate the Christmas season and its various traditions ultimately doesn’t matter. Whether or not you are in right relationship with Jesus is all that matters both now and eternally.
God bless each and everyone of you and Merry Christmas to you!