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Mass of Christ? #2152

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11, NKJV)

The Bible records prophecies, preparations, proclamations, and praises of the birth of “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” But the Bible nowhere pronounces and propagates a religious holiday that celebrates that great event. Interesting, isn’t it? The Bible does not tell us the day of His birth. Unlike many historical events in Israel’s history (cf. the Passover, etc.), Scripture does not assign an annual day of celebration for Christ’s birth. The Bible is silent on observing a yearly religious holiday called Christmas (“Cristes Maesse” or “Mass of Christ,” from A.D. 1038, Catholic Encyclopedia). “There is no historical evidence that our Lord’s birthday was celebrated during the apostolic or early post-apostolic times” (Shaff-Herzog Encyclopedia, III:47). The earliest record recognizing December 25 as a church festival is from the mid-fourth century, a full 300 years after Christ’s birth (Ibid). Indeed, “There can be little doubt that the Church was anxious to distract the attention of Christians from the old heathen feast days by celebrating Christian festivals on the same days (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, III:607). Undeniably, men invented the religious festival of Christmas; it cannot be found in the word of God. Galatians 1:6-9 pronounces God’s curse on every human change of the gospel. Yes, we rejoice in the birth of the Savior with angels, shepherds, and Magi (Lk. 2:8-20; Matt. 2:9-11). But we dare not devise and demand worship from our own hearts that God has not revealed (remember Jeroboam, 1 Kgs. 12:28-33).

“You observe days…” #1265

9 “But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.” (Galatians 4:9–11, NKJV)

Christians do not have the right to establish and observe holy days, months, seasons and years. Such things had a place in the Law of Moses which God gave Israel. However, that law’s binding authority was dismissed by God, being nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14-17). Holidays that religiously celebrate people and events, like the birth and resurrection of Jesus (Christmas and Easter), had their genesis in the wisdom and will of men, hundreds of years after the New Testament period. By what authority are such days observed religiously? By whose authority do they exist – heaven’s, or men’s (Matthew 21:25)? Should we believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, and that Jesus was resurrected? Absolutely. But, where does the Bible teach us to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a holiday called Christmas? You will not find in the Bible. You will find it in Catholic Church tradition. That is the authority being followed in such celebrations. Let us follow the Bible, not the religious traditions that began with men. Otherwise, we “turn again to the weak and beggarly elements” of religion that men invented (Galatians 4:8).