The question of what would Jesus do in any given circumstance is an important one. This question is a popular slogan among some religious groups. You have probably seen bracelets or T-shirts that display “wwjd.”
But a good question needs the right answer. So what would Jesus do, specifically when it comes to Christmas? Would Christ celebrate Christmas? That might seem like an odd question, but let’s consider it.
In John 8:29, Christ said, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” That’s the answer to the overall question! Christ always does those things that please His Father.
In John 5:30 Christ said, “… I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” Christ showed that we are to also do the will of God the Father (Matthew 7:21; 12:50).
We know that Christ always did His Father’s will—that is what Jesus would do. How can we know God the Father’s will? Christ said in John 8:28, “[A]s my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” Christ taught us what the Father taught Him.
What days did Christ teach us to keep? A vital point that many don’t understand is that Christ was the God of the Old Testament—the “I Am” (John 8:56-58).
He spoke to Israel in Leviticus 23 about the holy days that are to be kept every year. Some people assume these days are only for the Jews, but that is not the case.
God actually prophesies that all people will keep His holy days. You can look at Zechariah 14:16-18 as an example relating to the Feast of Tabernacles.
But where is Christmas in all of this? It isn’t listed in Leviticus 23. In fact, it isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Bible! If you search for “Christmas” in a Bible program, you will receive a message: “Sorry, we didn’t find any results for your search.”
You can read a lot in your Bible about Passover, the Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day. Those are the days Christ kept—that is what Jesus would do.
There is an interesting scripture in Jeremiah that sounds a lot like Christmas, however.
“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jeremiah 10:3-4).
Remember that this is the God of the Old Testament speaking—the one who came to Earth as Christ. He says these customs are vain. Has God the Father or Jesus Christ changed their minds on these customs? Are they good to do today even though they were vain customs before?
God does not change (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). A vain custom years ago is still a vain custom today.
What would Jesus do when it comes to Christmas? He wouldn’t keep it. He never did. Instead, He taught and kept God’s holy days. If you would like to understand the truth about Christmas, read our free booklet The Truth About Christmas. And to understand the awesome depth of God’s holy days, request our free booklet Pagan Holidays—or God’s Holy Days—Which?