Monday, December 12, 2011

Celebrate!

Exodus 13:8 (NKJV) 8 And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, 'This is done because of what the Lord did for me..."

It is amazing the parallelism between Passover Celebration and Christmas. For Christmas dinner we have traditional turkey or ham and mashed potatoes, we may even complement it with wine, The Passover meal is lamb and unleavened bread that the Jews typically complement with wine. The Bible tells us in Exodus 12:3-4 (NLT), "...one animal for each household. If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood..." We too bring together family and close friends for our Christmas meal.

Even the time of the celebration is similar. Both events are annual. The Israelis were instructed to have Passover from the 14th to the evening of the 21st. The Jewish day begins in the evening (6:00pm), so this means that it concludes at the beginning of the 8th day. Christmas season begins on the 25th and ends on New Years eve just after midnight, the beginning of the 8th day.

During the Christmas season, churches appreciate a higher than normal attendance and people are more giving than any other time of year. I suspect that Passover prompts more people to give and also brings a higher number people into the temples to worship. The whole reason to celebrate Passover was to remember how God freed the people from bondage and slavery. The reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus provided freedom from the bondage of sin.

Does any of this have any biblical significance? Perhaps not, but it may get you thinking about the desire God has to free His people from bondage. Once a year we have an opportunity celebrate the wonderful Gift of freedom that God has given us.

Not unlike the Passover celebration, celebrating Christmas has its advantages too. The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 20:22 (NKJV), "Now when they (Judah) began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir (their enemies), who had come against Judah; and they were defeated." So praise God in this wonderful season. You may even be going through a difficult time right now but take advantage of this reason to praise Jesus. Your enemies will be defeated before you (Deuteronomy 28:7).

I desire so much that you all have a wonderful Christmas,


Be blessed!


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