1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples. 2 Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 to fulfill the word which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.” 10 Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”
“Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of the curse, pressed it to his lips, drank it to its dregs – then filled it with His sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!”
1 Chronicles 16:34
34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Beth, the author of the blog “I once was lost“, shared her thoughts, hopes, and experiences about not celebrating Christmas. She offered these in comments on a reblog I posted of Mike Jeshurun’s post
IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU
If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, Sherry has a blog devoted to it, The X Mass H8rs Blog. Don’t be turned off by the name of the blog and visit Sherry there – she has a library of materials.
Here are Beth’s comments on not celebrating this day:
I believe that something we need to keep in mind is that just because millions (maybe billions) follow Roman Catholicism does not make Roman Catholicism right – same goes for the world making December 25th what they would like it to be. I’m out on that. That does NOT make me any better than anyone else it just reminds me as a follower of God through Jesus Christ it is another day I am allowed to REST in Him and what He has done for us – finished for us – through His obedience to God the Father. ❤️❤️❤️ His birth is part of the Gospel – Good News-message – we don’t need a puffed up day to celebrate Him – He is a celebration in our hearts everyday – He is the Gift we need everyday. ❤️❤️❤️
I believe that more witnessing has come out of me by NOT celebrating – I have honestly found it opens more doors up to the “fence sitter/non-believer.”
Posted with love!
I asked Beth, “Could you share more about your opportunities to witness?”
For example I clean houses – and I have had to tell my well-meaning ladies when they want to give me a gift the truth. I can’t just take it and say thank you – I am convicted to lovingly tell them that I don’t celebrate the birth of the Lord with the world. I let them know I celebrate it everyday because not only has his birth saved me – but his life, death and resurrection. So to celebrate with the world doesn’t make sense to me. Of course they still give me a gift – without giftwrap and a thank you card instead of a holiday card.
Strangers I tell them when they give me their merry wishes that I believe in The Lord – but do not celebrate with the world on one particular day – some get nasty… I have been accused of being legalistic and a grinch and a Scrooge – and a Jehovah’s witness – that’s ok though because I feel very convinced that God’s Holy Spirit has convicted me. So I will keep doing what I feel He has commanded me to. ❤️
It gets easier as the years pass … I just BELIEVE what The Good Lord has shown ME in His Word and convicted ME of through His Spirit. ❤️
HE IS A GOOD AND MIGHTY AND TRUTHFUL GOD – I will trust in and on Him all the rest of my days. ❤️
One of the questions I get is “Well what do you do that day?” My reply: “I do what I always do everyday in the Lord – I rest in what He has done for us through His finished work – like He tells us to do.”❤️
“Out of a sense of our utter inability to resist the least temptation, look to Jesus for strength.”
Source: Reformed Baptist Church of Glencoe
7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
Athanasius of Alexandria
“In ancient times before the divine sojourn of the Savior took place, even to the saints death was terrible; all wept for the dead as though they perished. But now that the Savior has raised his body, death is no longer terrible; for all who believe in Christ trample on it as it were nothing and choose rather to die than deny their faith in Christ. And that devil that once maliciously exulted in death, now that its pains were loosed, remained the only one truly dead.”
Athanasius (298–373 A.D.) was a bishop of Alexandria (Egypt), in the fourth century. Theopedia
The Works and the Word of God.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
19 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
“The Word of the Lord is a light to guide you, a counsellor to counsel you, a comforter to comfort you, a staff to support you, a sword to defend you, and a physician to cure you. The Word is a mine to enrich you, a robe to clothe you, and a crown to crown you.”