Today Is A Special Day

J. D. Conley
December 25, 2016

Today is special but not for the reason the world deems it so. It's not special because it is the twenty-fifth day of December. The Bible nowhere teaches the Christ child was born on this day. Just because the holiday the world calls "Christmas," falls on a Sunday this year, does not set this day apart from the other three hundred and sixty-four.

Rather, what makes this day special, along with every first day of the week, is that it's the Lord's Day. For it was on this day the Lord was raised from the dead, (Mt. 28:1-6). It was also on this day His kingdom was established, (Acts 2:1-41). It is on this day we remember not His birth, but His vicarious death on the cross by observing the Lord's Supper, (Acts 20:7). The partaking of the Lord's Supper is a solemn observance which takes place every first day of the week, because every week has a first day. This is the Lords Day, and that is what makes it special, as opposed to some worldly attached significance, for which God gives no authority.

Be that as it may, I find it troubling [but sadly enlightening], that many denominations who assert Jesus was born on this day, are cancelling their services in order for families to spend time together. If they truly believe Jesus was born on this day of the year, why would they choose to cancel their worship services? Is that not a tacit admission on their part that Santa Claus trumps Christ? Or at the least, family is more important than the Son of God? If they really believe Jesus was born on this day, and His birth should be observed, shame on them for not doing so!

But what really disturbs me and is cause for alarm, is the cancelling of worship services by those in our own brotherhood for the same reason the denominations are not meeting today, i.e., to spend this day with family. Sadly, I've read about more than one congregation of the Lord's church closing its doors today in order that families can be together around the tree. But isn't it more important to be surrounded together around the Lord's table with brethren, than a Christmas tree with family? Should we and could we not, remember His death and shed first, and open presents later? Or is that too much of a sacrifice to put the memory of our Lord's sacrifice first? If so, shame on brethren who think this way!

Never forget the import of these words of Jesus, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Mt. 6:3-3). First means even when the Lord's Day falls on the twenty-fifth day of December.