Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition of Christmas is: “The festival of the Christian church observed annually on the 25th day of December, in memory of the birth of Christ, and celebrated by a particular church service.”
How fitting, for Christ gave Joy to the World by revealing the love of God to us. He came to take our punishment for sin, assuaging guilt, and gave us answers to life; even eternal life through trust in Him.
Christ authored “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” the foundation of our Declaration of Independence, which Blackstone’s Commentary affirmed to the Holy Scriptures. Law Professor John Wu’s book: Fountain of Justice, examines the history of the Common Law and concludes it “was Christian from the very beginning.”
When Christ was preached by Reformer John Calvin, Geneva was turned from grave sadness and poverty, into joy and prosperity. A mural titled “Justice Lifts the Nations,” in the old Supreme Court building (Lausanne, Switzerland) pictures, unblindfolded Lady Justice, standing above the Justices with a balance scale in one hand, and the other a sword pointing to a large book titled “The Law of God,” emphasizing the Bible as the foundation for law, to provide freedom without chaos. Near that Supreme Court building stands a statue of Alexandre Vinet, a prominent thinker and professor of theology, with his words inscribed: “Christianity is the immortal seed of freedom of the world.”
Noble prize economist Friedrich Hayek in his book: The Road to Serfdom, wrote: “Individualism, in contrast to socialism and other forms of totalitarianism, is based on the respect of Christianity for the individual and the belief that it is desirable that men should be free to develop their own individual gifts and bents. This philosophy…grew and spread into what we know as Western civilization.”
How significant was the life of Christ, that our calendars reference His birth, before–BC and after–AD. Our Constitution is dated “in the Year of our Lord,” the meaning of Anno Domini; and it exempts Sunday (the day Christ arose from the grave, called the Lord’s day, and a day of worship for Christians) from being a workday for the President to sign a bill into law. Christ’s life is recorded in the Bible, the book historically used to take the oath to the Constitution, and to truth on.
Christ gave us a lot to fathom, from civilization, freedom, to personal destiny. Thankfully He stressed the individual need to come to Him to find the gift from God–eternal life (John 3:16) with peace and joy within.
E.A. Timm, Walnut Cove