Who Made Christmas?

Scripture tells us who made Christmas in Hebrews 1:2, which states that God “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds….” (NKJV)

The major versions of Scripture agree with the New King James in translating this verse to say that Christ made the “worlds.” Verses such as John 3:16 have primed us to think that “world” would be a translation of the Greek word “cosmos.” However, the root of the Greek word translated world in Hebrews is “aion,” from which we get our English word eon, which means a very long time—an age. The plural is used in Hebrew 1:2, which conveys the idea of ages.

The translation “world” is problematic because “aion” usually, if not always, includes the connotation of time, which “world” does not. Therefore, it is probably more accurate to understand the writer of Hebrews to be saying that Christ made the ages.

Perhaps one reason translators shy away from this expression is that we tend not to think of ages being made, but instead when we think of making something it is usually a material article like a widget or a world. However, this verse seems to be saying that Christ in creation not only made the original universe but also inherent in that universe was the entire plan of history that would unfold out of that original creation.

To help us grasp this concept think about how God designed nature with all of its various interrelated and corrective mechanisms so as to perpetuate and maintain life so that our world has come down to us as we experience it today. All that we see was inherent in the original creation and is an outgrowth of it.

However, the original creation of the ages not only included the emanations of the world of nature but also the plan of history. Various passages and concepts of Scripture support this conclusion, such as Ephesians 1:4, in which Paul teaches that “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.” This assertion would indicate that our birth and life had been incorporated in that original creation, and along with it the totality of the flow of history, that is, the ages. Therefore, Christ not only created the world, but inherent in the creation of that world was the entire flow of history with all of its details. How that works with the concept of free will, and I believe it does, represents a topic for another time. However, Scripture nonetheless teaches that Jesus is not only the creator of the universe but the ages that flowed out of that creation.

This would mean that Jesus created the whole scenario in which she was born: the decree from Augustus Caesar that all the world should be taxed that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the inn with the “no vacancy” sign, the stable with the manager, the angels and shepherds, and every other detail of that event. In that original creation, Christ even designed and implanted His own DNA. In other words, Christ created Christmas.

Even more overwhelming is the fact that also embedded in that original creation was the day when Christ was scourged, led up the hill of Calvary, and nailed to a cross, the creation of which He had arranged.

So as we enter into this Christmas season, and as we celebrate the birth of Christ, let’s also worship God the Son, through whom God created the ages, which included that first Christmas and this one.

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