Christmas consists of two words, “Christ(‘s)” and “mass,” as a celebration of Christ’s birth as a mass. December 25th was based on the Roman calendar of the date of the winter solstice. It is believed that Christ, the Messiah, was born during the Rosh Hashanah ראש השנה (New Year in the Jewish calendar) in September.
Christ’s birth was foretold in Genesis 3: 15; Isaiah7: 13-14, 40:3; Daniel 9:24-27; Micah 5:2; Malachi 3:1; Galatians 4:4; and Revelation 12:1-5.
The birth of Christ was not designed after the Fall but was contemplated before the Creation. In other words, His Word had been tested before the Creation. Did you see such a notion in the following verses?
The Word of God Stands Forever (Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV)
6 A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Here is the genesis of the Gospel According to John:
The Word Became Flesh (John 1:1-5 NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
In beginning (no definite article in Greek here) of infinite time of spectrum, was Christ the Word, and Christ the Word was with God, and Christ the Word was God. Christ the Word was with God in beginning (no definite article in Greek here) of infinite time of spectrum. Christ was there before the Creation. This Christ the God Himself became a flesh when the fulness of time came (John 1:14, Galatians 4:4) in order to save the sinners after the Fall of the humanity’s choice, which is, Christmas.
Christmas is the only holiday (mostly in western countries) caused by the divine initiative while other holidays are based on human initiative. God intervened the humanity (John 3:16). It was God’s choice to save the humanity. It was God’s choice to die in order to save the humanity. He was not killed, but chose to die (Luke 23:46 NIV reads, “Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”).
Christ is fully God and fully man (Matthew 1:18-25, Hebrew 2:17). Christ had no privileges for Himself from the very beginning of His birth: He did not prepare for Himself a decent place to be born (Luke 2:7 KJV, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”). The holy family fled to Egypt when Herod the Great intended to kill Jesus and waited until Herod died (Matthew 2:13-23) rather God did not choose to intervene Herod. When Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness for 40 days, Satan’s tactic was to entice Christ to use His privileges for Himself (Luke 4:1-13). Philippians 2:8, AMP says, “After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Christ’s death on the cross is not the end of the story, but His resurrection is:
The Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:12-28 NIV)
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
Christmas is the birth of Christ whose purpose was to carry our sins to nail on His cross (1 Peter 2:24). His resurrection proves our sins were forgiven and proves also He is the “first-born” (Colossians 1:15) of everything to come. – T