Have you heard it said, “The Bible doesn’t teach us to remember Jesus’ birth; it tells us to remember his death and resurrection”? It’s true that we don’t know Jesus’ actual birthday. It’s also true that we should remember the Lord’s death and resurrection. Furthermore, we shouldn’t proclaim anything that is false about Jesus’ birth, engage in unauthorized worship or practice idolatry. What does any of that have to do with “not remembering his birth”?
Matthew talked about Jesus’ birth in the first chapter of his Gospel (vs. 18-25). Jesus’ conception was miraculous (vs. 23, 25). An angel announced his birth, and a host of angels praised God for it (Luke 2:8-15). John remembered Jesus’ birth when he spoke of the incarnation: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The apostle Paul reminded the Galatians that “God sent forth his Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4) and that Jesus came in the “likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). Even the prophetic book of Revelation alluded to the birth of Jesus (12:1-5).
There isn’t a required service for Jesus’ birth like the Lord’s Supper memorial. There isn’t one for the feeding of the 5,000 either, or for the miracle in Cana of Galilee or for Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem. Are we to remember those glorious occasions? I would certainly think so. The virgin birth of Christ is a pillar of the Christian faith. God gave up the splendor of heaven, emptied himself and became a man. His staggering sacrifice is worthy of the highest praise! After thousands of years of expectation, the Messiah in a manger was the fulfillment of prophecy and promise. The baby Jesus was the only hope for a hopeless human race, a brilliant light shining in a dark world. He is the King. He is the Savior. Remember it – on December 25 and every other day on the calendar! – From, The Harvester, a publication of the Trenton church of Christ in Trenton, TN (December 10, 2017).
by Brent Smith