John MacArthur – Should Christians celebrate Christmas?

O dată pe an, creştinii sunt puşi în faţa acestei dileme. Calendaristic vorbind, nu putem îngrămădi toate evenimentele legate de Naşterea Domnului într-o singură săptămână. Elisabeta şi Yaharia au fost vizitaţi de Maria cu nouă luni înainte de Betleem … Obiceiul ţine de vremea când Biserica şi Statul au impus (sau propus) societăţii calendarul creştin care căuta să acopere cam toate evenimentele legate de viaţa lui Christos în cele 365 de zile pe care ni le pune la dipoziţie un an. Astăzi, într-o societate de după Reformă şi de după vremea în care Biserica domina societatea, părerile sunt împărţite. Iată părerea unuia pe care-l îndrăgesc, îmreună cu două predici ţinute de el pe tema Naşterii Domnului.

Should Christians celebrate Christmas?

Scripture doesn’t specifically command believers to celebrate Christmas–there are no prescribed “Holy Days” the church must observe. In fact, Christmas was not observed as a holiday until well after the biblical era. It wasn’t until the mid-fifth century that Christmas received any official recognition.

We believe celebrating Christmas is not a question of right or wrong since Romans 14:5-6 provides us with the liberty to decide whether or not to observe special days:

One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks (Rom. 14: 5-6).

According to these verses, a Christian can rightfully set aside any day–including Christmas–as a day for the Lord. We believe Christmas affords believers with a great opportunity to exalt Jesus Christ.

First, the Christmas season reminds us of the great truths of the Incarnation. Remembering important truths about Christ and the gospel is a prevalent New Testament theme (1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Peter 1:12-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:5). Truth needs repetition because we so easily forget it. So we should celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Christ and to marvel over the mystery of the Incarnation.

Christmas can also be a time for reverent worship. The shepherds glorified and praised God for the birth of Jesus the Messiah. They rejoiced when the angels proclaimed that in Bethlehem was born a Savior, Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). The babe laid in the manger that day is our Savior, the “Lord of lords and King of kings” (Matthew 1:21; Revelation 17:14).

Finally, people tend to be more open to the gospel during the Christmas holidays. We should take advantage of that openness to witness to them of the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ. Christmas is chiefly about the promised Messiah who came to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The holiday provides us with a wonderful opportunity to share this truth.

Although our society has muddied the message of Christmas through consumerism, myths and empty traditions, we should not let these distract us from appreciating the real meaning of Christmas. Let us take advantage of this opportunity to remember Him, worship Him and faithfully witness of Him.




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6 replies

  1. N-am nici o problema cu a avea o asfel de sarbatoare desi nu a fost ceruta de Dumnezeu. Pana la urma avem nevoie de hrana spirituala chiar mai mult decat hrana fizica. Dar ideea ca tinem nasterea Domnului Isus in aceeasi zi in care paganii celebrau deja nasterea soarelui, nu ne face partasi aceleasi inchinari, la soare? stim ca biserica care a inclus astfel de sarbatoare avea deja (si are si azi) o multime de simboluri pagane! Pana la urma de ce considerau reformatorii ca biserica catolica este anticristul? nu pentru ca puneau obiceiuri pagane in fata credintei sincere? E adevarat ca exista ROmani 14:5,6 dar exista si Galateni 4:10,11.
    Fiti binecuvantat

  2. citind traducerea in limba Romana cred ca avem de-a face cu o blasfemie pasajul din Matei 1:2121. Ea va naste un Fiu, si-I vei pune numele Isus, pentru ca El va mantui pe poporul Lui de pacatele sale.” vedeti cum este tradus in Romana

  3. Hm, mai catolici decat Papa? De ce tinem Cina o data pe luna?

  4. Reblogged this on Ilie Bledea.

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