For most Christians, Christmas is a source of joy. «The observance on the 25th of December as a celebration of the birth of Jesus has become a popular custom since the fourth century AD. We have the opportunity to meditate on the birth of Christ especially during the holiday. And how could it not be a source of joy if on the hills of Bethlehem the angels announced this extraordinary news, «For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord» (Luke 2:11). What a unique gift God has given unto us! We also usually give gifts to one another during this period as a sign of love and appreciation. And what a wonderful opportunity to offer our best gifts to God as we minister to the poor and the suffering!
Nevertheless, for many, Christmas is an occasion of fun, overeating and consumerism. Very seldom do they remember what God has done for them. For some reason, in His immense wisdom, God did not want to reveal the exact date of the birth of Christ and preferred to leave something better to help us remember His infinite love. Instead of one day of celebration per year, He established one weekly day of rest and worship. That day should be a day ofjoy and happiness (Isa. 58: 13). The Sabbath was put aside from the very first week of Creation as a day to spend with God (Gen. 2:3). The Israelites kept it during their journey in the desert (Exod. 16:23). Its observance has been established through the Ten Commandments which were written with the finger of God (Exod. 31:18). Jesus taught how to observe the Sabbath, devoting its holy hours to doing good to others and worshipping God (Matt. 12). The apostles continued to keep the Sabbath after Christ’s ascension (Acts 13:42-44). He also tells us, «Hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know ever that had I am the the opportunity Lord your to God» worship (Exod. God 20:20).on the day He commanded? Today, we invite you to make plans in doing so as a sign of respect and love for the Creator (Exod. 20:11) Above all, do it in memory of being freed from every form of oppression (Deut. 5:15).
Remember that on the New Earth we will keep worshipping God «from one Sabbath to another» (Isa. 66:23).