Most of us think that Christmas is all about Santa, his gifts, and a big feast. The real origins of Christmas, however, lie not in Santa but in the birth of Jesus Christ, and the reason behind his birth.
According to the Christian mythology, Jesus Christ was sent to earth by God to sacrifice himself for the sins of mankind.
To begin from the beginning, when the first man and woman –Adam and Eve fell from the grace of God by eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, they were banished from the Garden of Eden. Their disobedience was taken as a sin, and they were sent to Earth for that. On the earth, God cursed them to endure hardships, and indulge in the worldly sins. Therefore, all of us, who are the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, are born with the sins of our original parents.
God, however, being all merciful, didn’t want mankind to suffer eternally. He, henceforth, sent his son, Jesus Christ, on Earth, to sacrifice himself for the sins of humans.
As the Holy Bible also says:
“God the Father, so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins” (John 3:16)
Therefore, it is the birth of Christ, which forms the real reason for the festivities of Christmas.
Jesus Christ was born to Joseph and Mary of Israel in Bethlehem at midnight, among some shepherds. Immediately after his birth, the world had declared that a special child, a messiah is born to rule us.
King Herod, however, was not happy with this “special child” and killed all the children of Israel to ensure Christ is not spared. But Joseph and Mary had already left Israel for Egypt.
In his childhood, Christ mastered all the scriptures and developed exceptional skills for debate and oratory. In his youth, he became a preacher and earned many followers, along with 12 apostles. He mainly asked people to repent for their sins and to love each other.
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His popularity earned him many enemies as well. While having the Last Supper at Jerusalem, Christ was betrayed by Judas, one of his apostles. Judas got him arrested and he was crucified by King Pilate as he feared that he would lose power to Jesus. Jesus Christ was made to carry his own cross uphill and was whipped all the way long.
He was finally nailed to the cross and crucified, but his death gave birth to a new religion –Christianity.
At the Last Supper, it is believed that he served bread which represented his body and wine, which represented his blood. He already knew at that time that he is going to die. The bread and the wine are symbolic of his sacrifice for the benefit of Mankind.
Christmas, therefore, means the Mass of Christ, which is a communion to remember that Jesus died for us.