Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
This time of the year, believers and non-believers are heard saying, "Jesus is the reason for the season." Some people who say it have no idea what it means. They might have heard others say it, and they began using the catchphrase themselves because they thought it was cute.
I cringe every time I hear someone say, "Jesus is the reason for the season." I feel like throwing up every time I hear it preached in a sermon because the clergy should know better.
I can't keep people from saying it based on the First Amendment. For me, Jesus is NOT the reason for the season no matter how many people use the cliché. That's my opinion, and I am sticking to it. So, don't try to convince me otherwise.
I will give you several reasons to support my belief that Jesus is NOT the reason for the season. That may sound like a shocking statement, especially coming from an ordained minister and Bible teacher. Those two professions make it possible for me to argue the points addressed in this article.
1. Not Biblical
There is no scripture in any version of the Bible that states, "Jesus is the reason for the season." Instead, the Bible does say a lot about Jesus coming to earth, and none of the reasons include anything about Jesus coming for a season.
The Bible makes no claim that "Jesus is the reason for the season." We shouldn't make that claim either.
2. Bad Theology
To claim that Jesus is the reason for the season is actually bad theology that goes against what the Bible says and what theologians past and present assert. The reason for Jesus coming to earth is clear, according to the following two scriptures. One is from the Old Testament and the other one is from the New Testament.
According to Isaiah 9:6 -
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Jesus did not come for a season. He didn't even come for Himself. To US a child is born. To US a son is given. You and I are the reason God sent Jesus to earth. He did not come to be a reason for a season. Let's prove it from the New Testament.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Again, we are the reason God sent His Son to earth. To claim "Jesus is the reason for the season" is to say, "Jesus is the reason He came for Himself." That truly is bad theology, according to Philippians 2:6-8.
Also, to say Jesus came for a season gives the impression that if people don't join Jesus during that season, they have to wait until the next "season" for Him to come again. That truly is bad theology!
3. Just a Cliché
Saying, "Jesus is the reason for the season" is a cliché or catchphrase that is void of logic. There is nothing powerful, holy, sacred, or spirit-filled about mimicking that just because you hear others saying it, even people in authority.
Advertisements, makers of greeting cards, makers of church bulletins, and other companies capitalize on the saying even though it is not true. They make money on what people believe.
4. Christmas Is Not a Season As We Know Seasons To Be
To say, "Jesus is the reason for the season" should not be taken literally because Christmas is NOT a season. According to the dictionary, "A season is a period of the year that is distinguished by special climate conditions." The four seasons are Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. They follow one another regularly. Each season has its own light, temperature, and weather patterns that repeat yearly. Based on that definition and characteristics of seasons, how can Jesus be the reason for the season?
To say, "Jesus is the reason for the season" gives the impression that Jesus isn't the reason for the rest of the year when seasons change, and when seasons come and seasons go.
5. A Limitation
The importance and reason for Jesus coming to earth should not be limited to Him coming only days leading up to and surrounding the Christmas holiday. Will the reason for His coming still be valid after Christmas, or do we have to wait until next Christmas to relate to Him during another designated "season"?
Even when Christmas Day is over, Jesus' coming to earth still will be just as significant as the days leading up to His coming before Christmas. The importance of Jesus coming to earth can be celebrated all year long even to the end of the age.
"To the only God, our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore" (Jude 25).
6. Understanding Christmas and Easter
If you don't understand the real reason Jesus came to earth on the day designated as Christmas, then, surely, you won't understand when He was crucified on the cross and was raised from the dead on the third day that Christians celebrate as Easter.
You should understand His birth when it is celebrated on Christmas Day and remember it again when you celebrate His death at Easter time.
7. Kirk Franklin Uses the Catchphrase
Gospel singer and songwriter Kirk Franklin has won 16 Grammy Awards, 21 Dove Awards, 23 Stellar Awards, and numerous other awards, yet he sings:
Jesus is the reason
For the season.
Yes, oh yes, he is
Oh yes, he is yeah.
Other popular artists have also recorded singles and albums under the title, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."
Jesus may be your reason for the season, so keep on saying it if you like. However, Jesus is not my reason for the season, and you will never hear me saying it, or in this case, writing it.
If you believe the information set forth in this article, consider not using that catchphrase. Also, if you believe what is written in this article and you are led to do, share this article with others who have a habit of saying, "Jesus is the reason for the season" because Jesus is with us during ALL SEASONS.
Mark Richardson from Utah on December 07, 2020:
I'd like to share my 2 cents on this...I respect it and understand when people say that he is the reason for the season. But I agree, the focus shouldn't just be during these cold winter months. Most would agree that it has all been commercialized. In my opinion, hundreds of years ago, someone probably decided on the end of December to bring joy and something positive during a time that is so cold.
Another thought...while I am Christian, we should not be offended that non-Christians may not have the same feelings about Christmas and the season. What if someone says: "Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Ramadan" to me? I wouldn't be offended, but I would not have the same feelings about those holidays as they do.
Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on December 01, 2020:
You have a different perspective. I should never assume you are incorrect because we may not have the same understanding or view of things. I see where you are going with this article. Jesus is not a commodity for us to market. He is not just a season that we focus on, but the way, the truth, and the life. I wrote about it too. My article has a different temperature than yours, but you pointed out the hypocrisy of how many of us market Jesus as just another commodity to pitch at people to make ourselves feel like we are doing ministering when we are not.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 30, 2020:
WOW! Rodric Anthony! What you said is so profound. Thanks so much for being the first to respond to my article and responding so positively. I had no idea how people would respond to my article because I think many will have an issue with "my belief" if it is not the same as theirs. Blessings to you and your family!
Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on November 30, 2020:
I understand what you have written here. Jesus is the reason for every season. I never took that saying as anything other than we celebrate Christmas because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Easter means more to me because that is the time we celebrate His atonement. Christmas means nothing without Easter.
I love Christmas, which is a season of hope and love that we do not have in Christianity in more abundance than in December and January. Jesus' birth is the reason for that season, but His purpose is for everything to be redeemed and justified before God. I enjoyed your perspective.