Below are links to a radio discussion regarding the question: Just how Important is Jesus?
Romans 15:12 – Again, Isaiah says, “There will be the root of Jesse, He who arises to rule over the Gentiles; On him will the Gentiles hope.”
We do not place a lot of emphasis on the celebrating of Christmas; much of what takes place mimics idolatrous and occult rituals. Santa Claus, who is often presented as having god-like magical powers, we believe, is a method of Satan to take away attention from Jesus and his God and give attention to Santa Claus as an idol; remember that offerings given to idols are actually given to demons. Nevertheless, no where in the Bible are we given a command to celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25. Nevertheless, Christians are free to celebrate his birth every day of year, including December 25. As such, the proclaimed “reason for the season” is to celebrate and remember Jesus, although in practice the emphasis of the celebration is on carnal things, not spiritual things.
The time of Christmas, however, does provide a grand opportunity to tell others about why Jesus is important, and that is the focus of the discussion of Jonathan and Rick. We do not necessarily agree with all details of the presentation, we are general agreement. Would that the brothers would give honor to the Holy Name, rather than joining with those who change the Holy Name to “the Lord”, etc.
Regarding Isaiah 9:6, we disagree that the name is a series of names of Messiah; for more on this, see:
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. — World English.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. — World English.
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