The following post was adapted from the writings of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. Pastor Wurmbrand died in 2001.
Historians are not sure of the exact date of Jesus’ birth, or of the reason December 25th was chosen to celebrate it. Pastor Wurmbrand suggests a reason persecuted Christians might have chosen December 25th.
(The post has been edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
Pastor Wurmbrand said:
Jesus surely was not born on December 25th. The Bible does not tell us the date.
In the Roman Empire, the 25th of December was a holiday celebrated in honor of the sun. Perhaps the Christians chose that day to celebrate Jesus’ birth. With others also celebrating on that day, the Christians’ celebration would be less noticeable to authorities who persecuted them for following Jesus.
But the Christians did not just celebrate Jesus’ physical birth. They celebrated the daily miracle of Jesus’ birth in the souls of those who had accepted Him as Savior.
Jesus was born in a stable and put in a manger. Jesus does not belong in a manger. The place he longs for is in our hearts. That is where He wants to live.
When He is born in my heart, that is the real Christmas.
Celebrate Christmas in this sense.
(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand)
[Photo: Iraqi child celebrating Christmas]