This doesn’t sit well with me. For one thing, I think it makes Jesus sound like a spoiled child who doesn’t want to let go of his birthday. I mean, most of us get 70, 80, 90 years of birthdays to celebrate. Shouldn’t Jesus be happy that he’s had 2000 celebrations thus far? This whole birthday thing does not sit well with me.
I’m all for remembering Jesus birth, please don’t mishear me. But I want something more. I am not content remembering Christmas simply as the day Jesus was born. Christmas marks the coming down of God Incarnate. Christmas reminds us that God was fully in the man Jesus. Christmas is not about celebrating a birthday, it’s about celebrating the incarnation.
By simply calling Christmas Jesus’ birthday we are selling the day short. To simply remember Christmas as Jesus’ birthday is no different than celebrating the birth of any other great person. On Christmas Day we remember Jesus not simply as the birthday boy, but as God Incarnate. That’s the really meaning of Christmas.