“Signs of Christmas”
Today the children of Word of Life bring us, the timeless message of the birth of “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb. 13:8. When did the message, the signs of Christmas begin? Promises, signs and sites were given of a Messiah to come throughout the history of God’s people. The Scripture writers Mathew and Luke give us the lineage of the Messiah, the promise descendant of Abraham and David. People knew and believed that He would come. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14.” That time came with the angel proclaiming to the shepherds and us, “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 Go with the shepherds to the babe wrapped tightly in swaddling clothes. Let the children lead us. Follow the signs, the signs of Christmas.
Question: When was Christmas first celebrated on Dec. 25?
Answer: The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336 AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.