What is Christmas? It is Jesus’ birthday, right? But, is it? According to information from Gospel for Asia, the average American family spends $500.00 on Christmas. In the video, Forgotten Christmas, it is explained that 460 billion dollars were spent on Christmas last year. Were these 460 billion dollars given to Jesus? When we celebrate a friend’s birthday, we give the presents to that friend. Perhaps some little trinkets are given to the guests as appreciation for their coming, but the main emphasis of the celebration is on the person whose birthday it is. Is that how it is for Jesus on His birthday?
Jesus said, “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Are the celebrations at Christmas geared to fulfilling the cause for which Jesus came? How much money goes to reaching the lost? The information provided in the video, Forgotten Christmas, reveals that, if only 1% of the 460 billion dollars were given to missions, that would be sufficient to build 400,000 churches overseas; or provide clean water for every individual in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka; or place a Bible in the hands of every person in the world. Evidence indicates that not even 1% of Christmas spending goes to reaching the lost.
So, think about it. Whose birthday are you celebrating on December 25th? Is Jesus getting the presents?