Sunday, November 06, 2005

Which is more important?

So I started thinking this morning which of these holidays can be considered the most important. Christmas the day our savior was born or Easter the day that he rose again proving that he was the savior? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

5 comments:

Joe Fremer said...

Hi Andrew,

One problem with Christmas is we don't know the date; European Christians copped the Winter Solstice from the pagans, baptized it, and thereby reduced the pressure they were getting from their kids ("Aww, gee, Mom, all the other kids are going to the Solstice, and they get sweetmeats and gifts--why can't I go?"). At least, that's the way my twisted imagination pictures it happening...

Seriously, though, what Christmas represents--the Incarnation--is of inestimable value. So that's what gets me hyped about Advent and Christmas (although I am quick to point out that the Incarnation began 9 months before He was born).

On the other hand, it is the Resurrection, not His Nativity, that proves (as you correctly point out) that He is the Savior--and, I might add, also proves His Paternity. Psalm 2:7 (today I have begotten Thee) is quoted in Acts 13:33 not in the context of His birth, but of His resurrection. ("I have begotten" seems to be a formula for acknowledging paternity, so this means "Today I acknowledge that You are my legitimate Son.") So I guess I still have to go with Easter as the top day.

Joshua said...

Andrew,

I think that Easter is the more important day. This day we get to see Jesus as both human and God. He is human because he DIED on Good Friday, and he is God because he RESURECTED on Easter. This is the time that we get to see that he can overcome anything, even death and the devil. Our salvation is completed.

Andrew said...

Thanks, guys for your comments. I also agree that Easter is the more important day. It celebrates the cornerstone of Christianity, the Resurrection.

Xrysostom said...

As a kid, it was always Christmas. During my teens, my thinking started changing and from my 20s onward, I always said Easter

Now, at this moment, I realize that I've changed my mind (or had it changed for me).

I think that we must unask the question, since ultimately it's a matter of sophistry. Neither happens without the other in the will of the Father. Comparison is always risky, usually wrong, and sometimes sinful.

I'll take both these gifts, thank my loving God for them, and, in the words of Oliver, say, "Please, sir, more."

Bob Waters said...

Easter is the point of Christmas.