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Friday, December 25, 2015

Think About It

The Last Days
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

What is Christmas? How do you answer that question? To some it’s a holiday; to others it signifies the birth of Jesus Christ; and to some, it is just a day, a date on the calendar. I’ve wondered if its significance has changed over the years as society has become more secularized. Ultimately the significance of Christmas is greatly influenced by ones core belief about Jesus Christ.

Many that celebrate Christmas do so without celebrating Jesus Christ. For them the two things are separate. Part of the way we know this is that we have changed the word Christmas to Holiday. Instead of Merry Christmas it’s Happy Holiday. I don’t fault society for this, in fact I believe that it’s to be expected as the secularization continues and God is removed from society. As a Christian I don’t believe that I should be alarmed by this shift in society because it’s what to be expected in the last days.

The Bible has many references to what to expect in the last days. Paul, in one of his letters to Timothy said, “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” (2 Tim 3:105). I don’t believe that there would be many who would dispute that what Paul was warning Timothy about isn’t going on in our present day.

Christians also understand that the last days will usher in the return of Jesus Christ. So as we celebrate his birth, (Christmas), and his death and resurrection, (Easter), we look forward to his return, (last days). Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely so very true Bernie
Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Christmas was a Pagan holiday and had nothing to with Christ.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that the general greeting of Happy Holidays is in respect to several celebrations that occur at approximately the same time - Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. It is in no way a negative to Christianity but a positive greeting with respect to all people. That seems very 'Christian' to me.