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-Christmas: Was Jesus Really Born On December 25? No, But So What!

by Dr. D ~ December 25th, 2013

Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherd...

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Was Jesus really Born On December 25? No, but so what!

This is a question that I have been asked many times over the years but lately most folks are aware that it is almost certain that the Jesus was not born on that date.

Now all sorts of people have jumped on that fact and have observed: ‘since we now know that Jesus was not born on December 25 why celebrate Christmas at all?’ From my perspective anytime is a good time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and that is what Christmas was really all about in the beginning.

Christmas means ‘Christ Mass and the Church chose to make a special service at least once a year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Western Christian church chose December 25 which had been a major pagan holiday but the Eastern Church chose to celebrate their ‘Christ Mass’ on January 6 which was the traditional date for when the Wisemen visited the Christ Child.

It is true that the Bible doesn’t really tell us what day Jesus was actually born on.  The only scriptural clue is that there were shepherds in the fields tending their sheep that night. That means the first Christmas Eve probably happened sometime during a span from April through October. So we while we don’t know when it actually happened we can be somewhat certain that it was not in December. Fact is the real date of the birth of Jesus was lost to history and never was considered important to the first century Christians.

Nevertheless like I said before, anytime is a good time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. One thing for sure, the traditional Christmas season brings the message of the nativity and the coming of God’s Son into the cultural mainstream at least once a year regardless of all of the commercialism and that was the original reason for the ‘Christ Mass’ in the first place.

Also the Christmas season has become a special time for families to get together. A time for giving gifts and for reaching out and helping others. A time that transforms our lives for the better and a fine tribute to a child who grew up and changed the world and was the greatest gift of all time:

"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 (ESV)


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