Beyond the Fanfare, What is Christmas About?

In many places around the world, people celebrate Christmas for various reasons. And the celebration is usually done with a lot of fanfare.

But beyond the fanfare with which it is celebrated, we must not lose sight of the fact that the essence of Christmas is Jesus Christ Himself. Without Jesus as the centre of focus, every celebration of Christmas is an empty celebration.

That brings us to the question:

Beyond the fanfare, what is Christmas about?

1. It is about the birth of a Saviour

Jesus was born to be the Saviour of the world. He was born with the grandest mission ever: To save us from our sins.

Before Jesus Christ was born to the earth, an Angel had said to Joseph about Mary, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21.

His name Jesus literally means Saviour. In other words, his name encapsulates His mission.

He was born the Messiah, “the promised deliverer of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible.”

But not just to His people alone, His saving grace extends to all mankind. “So that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life (John 3:15).

2. It is about the coming of divinity to earth.

One of the core doctrines in Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. When Jesus was born, He brought divinity to humanity.

Jesus is also called Immauel, meaning God with us. The second person of the Trinity stepped into time and be born on earth as a baby.

The incarnation is that event where the second person of the Trinity, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us – Matt Slick

And throughout His life on Earth, Jesus never suffered any identity crisis: He knew who He is: God in the flesh.

At one point in Jesus’ ministry, Philip, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus’ response to him was most unequivocal: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:8-9.

3. It is the birth of the soon-coming King

The birth of Jesus was His first coming to earth. His second coming is still a future event, but it is going to be a sure event.

His first birth by a virgin was foretold and it did happened as prophesied. There is no doubt in my mind that His second-coming which has also been prophesied, will sooner or later take place.

Why not under-estimating Christmas we should not lose sight of the fact that Jesus will come back again – not as a baby, but as a King.

At the ascension of Jesus, His disciples received an angelic assurance that the same way they saw their Master taken up in the clouds into Heaven is the same way He would come back to the earth.

“Men of Galilee,” said the two Angels who accosted the disciples, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 1: 11.

4. It is the birth of the One who will judge the world

Guess who will be the Judge of the world? Jesus! That’s right, Jesus will be the one to judge the people of the world.

“The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son” – John 5:22.

Here is how the Bible further paints the picture of the judgement:

When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. The people of every nation will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left – Matthew 25:31-33.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad – 2 Corrinthians 5:10.

When we celebrate Christmas, we should remember that we are not just celebrating the birth of an ordinary baby. We are celebrating the birth of our Saviour, God in the flesh, the soon-coming King and the future Judge of the world.

What do you say?

41 thoughts on “Beyond the Fanfare, What is Christmas About?

  1. John Arthur Dec 27, 2019 / 12:24 pm

    The unknown author of the Gospel according to John may have mistakenly thought that Jesus was divine, but the unknown author of the Gospel according to Matthew has Jesus say “But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son but only the Father.” Mt.24:36). His view is that Jesus was not omniscient, but isn’t God (if he exists) omniscient? Hence, the bible is ambiguous about Jesus’ divinity. So why are you relying on the bullsh!t of John’s Gospel and not on the clear view of the author of Matthew’s Gospel who does not believe in Jesus’ divinity.


    • VictorsCorner Dec 27, 2019 / 2:05 pm

      Your problem is that you are concerned about what you don’t believe in. Or is it that you believe but don’t want to admit it?.

      If you were seeking truth, one would be glad to explain to you. But your unbelief has made you to always misunderstand the scriptures or deliberately try to discredit them.

      For the records, the author of the book of John is not unknown. In fact the book bears the name of the author. So stop your deliberate misinformation please.

      Yes, Jesus is God in the flesh. But he is also man at the same time (sorry if you can’t wrap your mind round that claim).

      Matthew did not contradict John’s claim about the deity of Jesus. Rather he approached the issue from another perspective, separation of roles as father and the Son. And both are part of the Godhead, the third person being the Holy Spirit.

      You are mistaken to think that Matthew didn’t believe in the divinity of Jesus.


      • John Arthur Dec 28, 2019 / 12:10 am

        So how is it possible for Jesus to know all things and, at the same time, not know all things? Was he two different person?/ A God person and a human person? How is this possible? Jesus was ONE person, so he couldn’t have known all things and not known all things, at the same time.


        • VictorsCorner Dec 28, 2019 / 9:13 am

          I was right! You could not comprehend the fact that Jesus is one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. And unfortunately, you would never be able to understand that until you give your life to Christ. Until then, good night.


          • John Arthur Dec 28, 2019 / 1:35 pm

            You need to give your life to Jesus and Buddha by following their way of peace and compassion, through breath meditation. You will never know the real Jesus unless you breathe slowly. You believe in an imposter with whom your Pentecostal mates have deceived you,


            • VictorsCorner Dec 28, 2019 / 1:47 pm

              My own Jesus says He is the only way. So how could I add Buddha to him? It’s either you choose Jesus alone or you don’t. You can’t serve two masters.


              • John Arthur Dec 30, 2019 / 3:56 am

                Weren’t Buddhist missionaries in Palestine in the first century CE? Wasn’t Jesus influenced by these missionaries? Maybe, Jesus was a disciple of Buddha?


                • VictorsCorner Dec 30, 2019 / 5:19 am

                  You know that’s not true. Stop trying to make your yourself feel good by telling. Jesus is God in the flesh. How could he have taken His influence from a mortal man?


                  • John Arthur Jan 7, 2020 / 12:27 pm

                    Because he was a human being. He grew in knowledge and in favour with human beings. So humans influenced him. He seems to have gotten a lot of his theological practices from the Buddhists e.g. breath meditation


                    • VictorsCorner Jan 7, 2020 / 6:37 pm

                      Jesus is more than a human. He was God in the flesh. Accept it or move on.


          • John Arthur Dec 31, 2019 / 5:13 am

            You weren’t right. You were wrong. If you believe that Jesus knows all things and, at the same time, doesn’t believe all things, then you’ll believe anything that religious crackpots at Pentecostal churches tell you.


            • John Arthur Dec 31, 2019 / 5:15 am

              doesn’t know all things (not “believe”)


            • VictorsCorner Dec 31, 2019 / 5:19 am

              Like I said before, you criticise what you neither know nor understand. How do I even begin to help you with that? Gosh!


              • John Arthur Jan 5, 2020 / 1:30 pm

                Why do you follow a book written by ancient, ignorant, violent and barbaric savages who created god in their own bloodthirsty likeness? I understand this, but apparently you refuse to face the “texts of terror” that are there, right in the bible.


                • VictorsCorner Jan 5, 2020 / 4:46 pm

                  The Bible is what it is, the inspired word of God. It’s either you accept it as it or move on without it. Neither your ignorant criticism or your deliberate lack of belief will change anything. I wish you well.


                  • John Arthur Jan 6, 2020 / 1:49 pm

                    It appears that you haven’t actually read all the bible through, or you would know how much immorality it contains that is supposedly commanded by God.


                    • VictorsCorner Jan 6, 2020 / 6:55 pm

                      It would not matter to you whether or not I have read the Bible through, since you don’t accept it as God’s word. Unfortunately, you will be judged by the things written in that Book.


                    • John Arthur Jan 7, 2020 / 10:32 am

                      Hi Victor,

                      Is the reason that you side-stepped my statement about not having read much of the bible because you don’t want to be accountable for your ignorance? Are you afraid that you will find out how many horror stories there are in the bible, commanded by God and committed by God?


                    • VictorsCorner Jan 7, 2020 / 6:35 pm

                      Keep amusing yourself. But please leave me out of it.


                    • John Arthur Jan 11, 2020 / 12:22 pm

                      Hi Victor,

                      This is in the bible. ” If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, the man who lay with her shall give 50 shekels of silver to the young woman’s father, and she shall become his wife. Because he violated her he shall not be permitted to divorce her as long as he lives.” (Deut.22: 28-29).

                      So this allegedly inspired book (which you call the Word of God) says that a raped virgin who is not engaged should be forced to live with her rapist as long as he lives. This is barbarism, not he Word of any compassionate person.


                    • VictorsCorner Jan 13, 2020 / 3:35 pm

                      Do you know any girl that we Christians have forced to lived with her rapist? I bet you don’t! So your claim of barbarism is misplaced.

                      Today rape is a crime against the State. If you commit rape and the victim presses charges against you, you will go to jail – whether you are a Christian or not. Quoting the above scriptures like you did will not help you.

                      Contrary to what you think, God does not condone rape. In fact one of His moral guidelines is for us to abstain from sexual misconduct.

                      If you have time, you can read the following conversation between a Matt Slick and a woman who was a victim of rape and was wondering why God allowed it:


                    • John Arthur Jan 15, 2020 / 4:01 am

                      Hi Victor,

                      My point was that rape is sometimes approved in some parts of the bible but, as you say, Christian theological ethics does not support rape today. But it did, in some circumstances, in the book of Deuteronomy. Hence, how can the bible be the Word pf God? Any support for rape, no matter by who or no matter when, is to de condemned and cannot be from God even if the bible god supports it.


                    • VictorsCorner Jan 15, 2020 / 6:17 am

                      Your lack of understanding of the Bible is not helping matters. The Bible does not support rape. To think that it does is cheap blackmail.


                    • John Arthur Jan 15, 2020 / 10:36 am

                      Hi Victor,

                      You say that to claim that the bible sometimes supports rape is blackmail. Yet the passage says that the virgin is “seized”. This implies coercion and not willingness on the part of the woman. This signifies the application of force on the part of the man which is tantamount to RAPE. To assert what the bible asserts is not to apply blackmail as you claim. You just don’t want to face what the bible says and recognize that it could not be the Word of God’


  2. John Arthur Dec 26, 2019 / 3:35 am

    Hi Victor,

    Well, Jesus is the central figure for Christians at Christmas, whether you regard him as a literal or mythical figure. Many legends grew up around the story of Jesus: the virgin birth story, the stories of miracles, the resurrection story and the ascension story.

    I suppose that a Christian could follow the Jesus of the story, but it would be a mistake to think that they were following the historical Jesus.

    One point at which people should follow Jesus is to love their enemies, but sad to say, most Christians don’t do this. They just ignore Jesus’ command, while pretending to follow him.


    • VictorsCorner Dec 26, 2019 / 11:37 am

      There is only One historical Jesus that was born of a virgin, and He is the Saviour, the Messiah, the soon coming king and Judge of the world. That’s the Jesus we follow as Christians.

      Any thought of this Jesus being a mythical figure is a figment of imagination of anyone who thinks like that.

      As Christians we learn to love like Jesus. We might not be perfect at it yet, but we are already headed in the right direction. You are not even qualified to judge us, so stop daring.


      • John Arthur Dec 28, 2019 / 12:05 am

        Si is it only Fundamentalist Christians who are qualified to “judge us”? When Pentecostal pastors commit paedophilia or when they commit adultery, can’t we judge whether they are following Jesus or not? We can spot hypocrisy, a mile off. Who says we are not qualified?

        You are right when you say that you Pentecostals are not perfect, but are wrong to think that you will ever be perfect. Jesus was a good guy, but he wasn’t perfect. You’re not even up to his standard and no-where near it, and never will be.


        • VictorsCorner Dec 28, 2019 / 9:09 am

          This same Jesus is my Lord and Saviour. He loves me and I love Him too. Unfortunately you can’t say that, even though it would be nice for you to.

          Irrespective of whatever you think of me, I am a new creation in Christ. God made me so when I surrendered my heart to Him by faith.

          You can do the same and be made whole. Jesus is your only way out. Neither atheism nor agnoticism can help you.

          You are lost until you Christ. I know God is speaking to your heart. That’s why you keep coming back here. Will you open up your heart for God?


          • John Arthur Dec 30, 2019 / 4:01 am

            I’m not “lost”! I breathe in peace and breathe out compassion Just as Jesus taught his disciples to do. He said, ” Except you be born of the breath, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (Jn. ch.3) It is you who is lost since you don’t follow Jesus’ command to be “born of the breath (pneuma in Greek).”


            • VictorsCorner Dec 30, 2019 / 5:16 am

              You are getting so boring with all these spurious claims. Bye


              • John Arthur Dec 31, 2019 / 5:17 am

                My claims aren’t spurious. It’s yours that are spurious.


                • VictorsCorner Dec 31, 2019 / 5:20 am

                  Why don’t you move on if that’s what you believe? Are you stuck here?


      • John Arthur Mar 7, 2020 / 12:29 am

        “Any thought of this Jesus being a mythical figure is a figment of imagination of anyone who thinks like that.”

        Well, you don’t seem to know about those scholars who are mythicists with respect to Jesus. Granted that these are only a minority of scholars, yet many of those who support an historical Jesus hold that much of the bible Jesus has myths and legends that grew up around him and about him and many of these are recorded in the Gospels.


        • VictorsCorner Mar 7, 2020 / 7:48 am

          There are no myths surrounding Jesus. His birth, purpose and death were all prophecied hundreds of years before He showed up.

          And everyone of those prophecies were fulfilled with one hundred percent accuracy. His second coming was also prophecied. And that’s what we are waiting for…

          You need to know this Jesus before it’s too late for you. Please invite Him to your life to be your Lord and Personal Saviour. Much of this confusion in your heart will be eliminated by so doing.


          • John Arthur Mar 8, 2020 / 4:49 am

            “And everyone of those prophecies were fulfilled with one hundred percent accuracy”. Many of the so-called prophecies that Fundamentalists and Pentecostals attribute to Jesus had no reference to him but are read into the text. Some prophecies were mistaken.

            Jesus mistakenly prophesied that his disciples would not have gone through the towns of Israel
            before he comes again. Read “… for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man, comes.” (Mat.10;23)


  3. Joshua Dec 24, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    Waoooo great insight about Christmas…Merry Xmas sir

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Bruce Dec 24, 2019 / 9:28 am

    Excellent post! Wishing you and yours a joyous and blessed Christmas Victor!

    Liked by 1 person

    • VictorsCorner Dec 24, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much sir. A wonderful Christmas to you and your family as well.


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