So where did December 25th come from?

The world celebrates the birth of Jesus on December 25th. But is that really when Jesus was born? The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly when Jesus was born and we probably will never know for sure until we can ask Jesus face to face when we get to heaven.

So where did December 25th come from? Research tells us that it goes back to the 4th century when the Roman ruler of that time, Emperor Constantine became a Christian. At that time, the Romans had a pagan holiday and feast for the birth of Sol (the sun god). I would imagine, Constantine now being a Christian wanted to turn this pagan holiday into something that would honor God and not a false god like Sol. So Constantine declared December 25th the day Christians should celebrate the birth of Jesus and not the false god Sol.

Since the Bible is unclear about the exact time of the birth of Jesus, why not? I guess its as good of date as any as it turns a Roman pagan holiday into something that honors God.

It is up to us as to how this holiday really honors God. Making the miracle birth of our savior the reason and not letting all the commercialism, gifts and holiday distractions get in the way is a good start. Unfortunately, I think that most of the world has changed it back into a pagan holiday and put Jesus on the back burner.

Don’t let that happen to you and your family. Keep Jesus at the forefront and make sure your children know what is the most important part of Christmas and why. Have a Merry Christmas knowing what God did for us. Can you quote John 3:16?