Why didn’t the Apostles celebrate our LORD’s birth?

For the same reason i don’t. If you’re interested as to why they didn’t, have a think about it. The answer may be apparent.

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(Later in the day) We just had the LORD’s supper together as a fellowship, and i received a revelation during the breaking of bread. It’s this : The LORD’s supper IS our ‘christmas’. We’re not missing out on anything. It’s the Holy feast God has called for, which our LORD Jesus instituted. He didn’t call for any other feast.

And, this teaches us that God only permits those washed in the Blood of His Son to worship Him, those with clean hands and a pure heart, in Spirit and in Truth. He called us to celebrate/proclaim His death, every time we partake at His table; not His birth, as wonderful as that is.

What would you do if a crowd of people came into your church and said they wanted to remember the LORD’s death with you by partaking of the bread and wine? You would ask them, Have you truly repented and been born-again, and are you living for Jesus? They say, No, but we would like to celebrate it anyway. Would you partake with them? Certainly not. It would be an abomination : …Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (1 Cor. 11:27).

Would we warn them not to take it, but then add, that it’s OK for them to celebrate His birth, that’s not an abomination?

So, why didn’t the Apostles celebrate Jesus’ birth? (Even though they knew the exact date)  God didn’t indicate to them that He wanted that; just the contrary (Col.2:16-17). And they knew the will of God in these matters better than anyone who’s lived since then.

So, after all the Godly men were gone (who understood this), and a bunch of unGodly men came into power, who couldn’t care less what God required or not; they went ahead and invented christmas, as it seemed like a good idea, even though God wasn’t in it (And this became the ethos of institutional religion).

Why wasn’t God in it? The answer is found in the LORD’s supper. God will not allow unrepentant unbelievers to celebrate or proclaim the death of His Son, so when they ‘celebrate’ His birth, what does He think? The stench of their hypocrisy reaches heaven.

3 Responses to “Why didn’t the Apostles celebrate our LORD’s birth?”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    based on the scriptural evidence, a case can apparently be made that Jesus Christ was born on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds to the September – October timeframe of our present calendar!

    http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm

    Colliers Encyclopedia agrees. Quote: “After the triumph of Constantine, the church at Rome assigned December 25 as the date for the celebration of the feast, possibly about A.D. 320 or 353. By the end of the fourth century the whole Christian world was celebrating Christmas on that day, with the exception of the Eastern churches, where it was celebrated on January 6. The choice of December 25 was probably influenced by the fact that on this day the Romans celebrated the Mithraic feast of the Sun-god (natalis solis invicti), and that the Saturnalia also came at this time.”
    Both encyclopedias plainly reveal that the source of the celebration of December 25 is the birthday of Mithra, the pagan sun god.
    Sun worshippers since the time of Babel recognized this time of year in honor of their gods.
    December 25th is well known as the birthday of various pagan gods.

    There is no record of a December 25th celebration of the birth of Christ in Rome earlier than 336. In Constantinople, no record of a celebration before 378. In Alexandria, not before 400; and in Jerusalem, not before 425.

    Our Christian ancestors knew better. The celebration of December 25th was illegal in England. It was outlawed in New England from 1649 to 1658. The December 25th celebration was condemned for its pagan roots by the Puritans, the Methodists, the Quakers, the Amish, the Presbyterians, and the Baptists. Why would they do that if there was not a legitimate problem? Christmas was made a legal holiday in Massachusetts in 1856.

    Source unknown.

  2. Mark and Vicki Finger Says:

    The reason I don’t get all ‘revved up’ about Christmas (I was thinking the other day) is that ‘every day is Christmas for the believer.’ In other words, I celebrate Christ daily. Every day is the acceptable day of the Lord.

    So, I enjoyed your comments …

  3. ian vincent Says:

    On the matter of feasts and festivals:

    Imagine if, in general, Christians were far more committed to breaking bread together often, house to house, than they were interested in things like Christmas?

    If they took the Feast or Table of the LORD, which was instituted by Him, far more seriously than a pagan feast which was instituted by a false Christian, Constantine?

    It’s in this context i’m commenting. The context where Christians have little regard for the true Feast and then get excited about a pagan feast.

    If THE TRUE were there; i mean, if we were living in the fullness of THE LIFE like the 1st century believers and Apostles were, then i don’t believe Christians would have any interest in Christmas, for, as Mark noted, he has ‘christmas’ every day. (Which is precisely the thesis of this article. The Apostles HAD something, possessed something, which caused them to have no interest in celebrating Jesus birth on a certain day.)

    In this we are different to the cults who don’t celebrate christmas. They think they are getting some ‘credit points’ from God for abstaining (like frequent-flyer miles). Where, we don’t think that way. We think that the TRUE supersedes the FALSE. The SUBSTANCE overshadows the SHADOWS. Col. 2:16-17.

    Here in India, at this time, Hindus wish us a merry christmas. We take the opportunity to explain to them why we don’t celebrate christmas, and explain what the true gospel is, how God’s salvation thru Christ is not in the same league as ‘just another religion’. If we were to celebrate feast days, or a public festival, or hold to outward forms, then these unbelievers would think that we are just another religion, no different to them. They are shocked to find out we have no religious forms at all, only the Life of Christ.
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    When Dec 25 comes round we are sometimes not even aware that it’s ‘christmas day’, as i haven’t celebrated it for about 20 years. We don’t feel like we’re missing out on anything. Neither do our children, who’ve barely ever heard or seen anything to do with christmas, barely they know such a thing exists.

    Are they ‘missing out’? No. they’re full of life and joy. Every day is a party to them. We’ve only ever given them gifts when we wanted to give them, never for birthdays or christmas.

    If you feel you would be ‘missing out’ then by all means celebrate christmas. I’m just exhorting to have a life which is full to the point where you would not feel you are missing anything, neither feel guilty about it.

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    On the matter of ‘partying’ or ‘celebrating’ Christ’s birth with unbelievers:

    Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what partnership has light with darkness? And what harmony has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
    (2Co 6:14-18)

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