The precise day, season and year in which Jesus was born in Bethlehem is not known. Jesus, in all likelihood, was born in late fall, not December 25th. The church in Rome in the 4th century, in an attempt to Christianize pagan practices, tied the birth of Jesus and winter solstice. The early Christians never observed Christmas for three centuries because of the celebration of the Emperor’s birthday and emperor worship, etc. Jesus, the heavenly King, was not to be compared with an earthly king. So why do Christians, over 2000 years later, celebrate this event with so much enthusiasm? Simply because the supreme fact in the history of the world is that God became man in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The infinite and eternal God came to visit planet earth as a human and gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. This is why we sing carols, put up lights, have special services and exchange gifts! We celebrate because no greater event has ever happened…“Nunc gaudet ecclesia!”(Now the church rejoices!) Thanks be to God for His unspeakable Gift. A Saviour has been born – hallelujah! We do indeed have something to celebrate!
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