Nearly two thousand years ago, there were wise men (notice that the Bible identifies them as being WISE, and that there were men, two or more, not necessarily three) who wanted to honor Jesus’ birth.

We are told that these men saw the Star in the East that announced the birth of the One who would save His people from their sins.  And so, they traveled from their home to Bethlehem to pay homage to the child that had been promised in prophecy centuries earlier.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

We are told that when they found the child they were seeking, they worshiped Him and gave to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Now, many in the religious world today will chastise a Christian for going to a place of worship on December 25th each year to clelebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.  They will condemn those who choose to honor the Lord on December 25th, all the while telling them of “the pagan roots of Christmas” and why they should not be attempting to worship God on a holiday that pagan’s invented to worship many of their false gods.

When reading the announcement of Mary’s visit by the angel to tell her that she would be the one to give birth to the Saviour, and the account of His birth in a manger in Bethlehem, I had to wonder why there is no record of either Joseph, or Mary, forbidding the wise men to honor the birth of Christ on a day that he clearly was not born?  (When they found Him, He was in a house, not the stable He had been born in)

And Anna the Prophetess and Simeon, did they not rejoice to know their promised Salvation had arrived at last?

Men and Brethren, we should honor and worship the Lord every day of the year, no matter if it is on what the world sees as a pagan holiday or not. We are told in our Bibles not to give place to the devil. Well, if we stop worshiping Christ on any day of the year because “it’s a pagan holiday”, we have given place to the devil.  We have allowed him to hinder our worship of the Lord.

So what if the world celebrates pagan deities on December 25th? Who created the days of the week in the first place anyway? God did… pagans just renamed them.  To this end was man created, that he might shew forth God’s praise… whether it’s December 25th, October 31st, February 2nd, or any other day of the year. I intend on praising Him 365 days a year, and I am sure He welcomes the praise and rejoices in it.

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