The importance of Christmas

The New Testament gives much greater prominence to the events of Easter than they do Christmas. The letters do not mention the events of Christmas, two of the four gospels pass over the events of Jesus birth. The events of Jesus death are prominent on all the gospel and is prominent in the letters, as Paul says his preaching was focused on Easter

When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2.

Yet the modern world embraces Christmas and gives the events of Jesus birth a far greater prominence than it ever does Easter. Whilst the spiritual aspect of Christmas are often overwhelmed by partying and extravagance there is still a recognition of a baby and a basic understanding of the Christmas story.

The birth of a baby is easier to handle and incorporate into modern sensibilities than the horrendous, painful death of the man the baby grew up to be. Easter isn’t easy to meditate on, isn’t easy to comfortably spend time with. Hence it being replaced by Easter bunnies and the like.

Yet Christmas, the baby, is only significant because of who the baby was and what happened to him. It is Easter that gives Christmas its importance and significance. Without Easter Christmas lacks its full meaning.

As Christians we need to remember the end of the story as we contemplate its beginning with an angel and a manger.

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