Jesus birth and Christmas.
Most of us have been brought up with all known traditional Christmas story about Jesus being born in stable, about three wise men and so on.
Is this traditionally accepted story in agreement with the Bible itself? Let have a look at Jesus birthday and other elements how they are presented in the Bible.
Jesus conceived in Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38.
In the Nazareth, a town in Galilee was a virgin whose name was Mary and she was pledged to be married to a man named Joseph (Matthew 1:18). They were married legally according to that time Jewish rules. But when Joseph found out that Mary is pregnant, he wanted to divorce her quietly (Matthew 1:19), that is to sign the necessary legal papers but not have her judged publicly and stoned as it was prescribed in the law (Deuteronomy 22:23-24).
As we can understand Joseph was godly and honest man and for that reason God did choose him to be Mary's husband and Jesus's earthly father. But after Joseph had considered divorce Mary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and encouraged him take Mary home as his legal wife (Matthew 1:20). Angel explained that what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit and child will be the One who will save His people from their sins. About this very child the Lord had been spoken through the prophet long time ago: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." (Isaiah 7:14).
After angel's explanation and encouragement Joseph took home Mary as his legal wife, but they had not sexual relationship until Jesus was born (Matthew 1:25).
According to the Luke's account we can see that Jesus was born the most plausibly in autumn. Luke records a major historical event of that time. In Luke 2:1-3 he writes: "In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This people's registration first occurred when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register."
It was not only due to the people registration it was so crowded there, but also because of great autumn festival days that followed the fall harvest which took place at the same time. Mary and Joseph wanted to have a room, but no room was left, all were filled with people. In the Luke 2:7 is clearly said that there was no room on the upper floor of the house, so they spent the night on the main floor of the house where the animals were kept inside the house. Most ancient Jewish houses had a common area on the main floor, including a manger where animals ate and slept at night, and an upper room where everyone slept.
When Jesus was born God sent His angel to the shepherds and told them good news, the Gospel, in Luke 2:11.
In addition, Luke makes it clear that Jesus was born in autumn (or possible spring) but not in winther by recording that shepherds were tending their flocks in the fields that night (Luke 2:8). The flocks were never left to graze in the pastures during the winter months because of the cold weather.
Now, we all have heard that there were three wise men, but does Bible say that?
No. Bible does say that wise man come from east to Jerusalem to find the King of Jews (Matthew 2:2) and presented the gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. (Matthew 2:11). Since these men were exploring the stars we understand that they were not kings but astrologers. It is also clear that they were Gentiles, because the men of God were forbidden to practice magic, to tell fortunes, to gaze in stars and so on, as it is even now. There were three kinds of gifts (gifts of gold; gifts of incense; gifts of myrrh) but we do not know the real amount of them. We also do not know how many wise men were – just two or maybe even ten. It also took place not in the night of Jesus birth but some time after, could be some month or even year later, because of great distance which they travelled to see the Messiah. In Matthew 2:11 we read: (On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.) Jesus already was a child, not a baby and they were in their own house.
Conclusion.So, does Christmas is anything to do with biblical Christ, the Messiah? Hm. In the Bible there is no such a thing as Christmas and Jesus birth celebration. On the other hand there are great deal about His death to be celebrated. In regard to gifts, Jesus is the greatest gift ever has been or will be given to mankind. And according to the New Testament we must give (gifts) to the poor, help the needy and be kind, and love one another on a daily basis, not only on Christmas. This Christmas Spirit should be in us whole year through. Christmas itself is pagan's practise to worship and celebrate the solstice. There were many different gods and practises involved but that not for now.
Now we must understand that if this issue could be of great importance, than God definitely could be given us more details on Jesus birth and weather to celebrate His birthday or not. God do not tell us to celebrate the birth of His Son the Messiah, but rather to celebrate His death. No where in the Bible you will find reference to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Yes, there are many, many prophecies about His birth, His coming into the world, but none point out to celebrate His birthday, and especially on December. God tells us to rejoice in Him ALWAYS and keep Him in front of our eyes daily (Hebrews 12:2). He tells us to remember Jesus by observing the Last Supper (Acts 20:7). He tells us to love your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself daily, not just during the Christmas time (Luke 10:27). If we at Christmas season somehow love others more than other times of seasons, than we are not really keeping the covenant of love. God tells us rejoice always. He never tells us to be sad and fast without reason only because somebody says so. "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise." (James 5:13). So, Bible teaches us that anything what we do, we do it in appropriate way and time, according to the Word of God, and not according to the world made traditions and false teachings.
All of us have work, stress and burdens beyond measure. To gather together and made light for ourselves, for our families and friends is good thing to do. It is not bad to celebrate Christmas in the same way as we do with all the other parties, but we must to do it in appropriate way. We must give thanks to God always and for everything. If He is blessed you with enough, than share your blessing with others.
We must always thank God for His gift given to us – Jesus.If we are children of God, than we celebrate it every day. We rejoice in Him and celebrate His coming on earth, His death and His resurrection daily! And we wait for His second coming.
Dear child of God,
"Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.
He is the head over every power and authority. In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ.
He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence."Praise be to the God! Amen. (Colossians 2:8-15).
In the gospel of Matthew 1:18-25 we read
- "This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus."
In the gospel of Luke 1:26-38 we read
– "In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
Merry Christmas to all of you and may God lead you in all the truth. May He open the eyes of your hearts as you are wiling to serve Him wholeheartedly in order may His will be done not only on Christmas season but daily. I pray may love to God and to your neighborn is dwelling in your hearts. I pray may this time of season all your hearts be glad and satisfied. May your minds be at peace and your souls at rest. In Jesus name. Amen.
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you; and when Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory."
(2 Thessalonians 3:16; Colossians 3:4).
Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you abundantly!!!