Should we celebrate Christ's Birth ?
Luke 2: 1 - 14
"And it came to pass in those days, that
there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus,
that all the world should be taxed.
([And] this taxing was first made when
Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into
his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,
unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and
laid him in a manger; because there was
no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch
over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came
upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the
city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this [shall be] a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Well, Our Heavenly Father and All the Angels
of Heaven celebrated it with a glorious display
and declaration of the joyful news that the
promised Saviour of the world had come !
We think it is very fitting that His Faithful
People here on earth should remind the
whole world of this glorious event
that happened 2000 years ago !
We do not know the exact time of His birth, but
we do know more than most people realize !
The wonderful Prophecy of Daniel 9: 24 -27
is the key.
From this Scripture, we can ascertain the
time of year that Christ was born. The text
says that from the "going forth of the decree
to restore and build Jerusalem, unto the
Messiah, The Prince, would be , seven weeks
and three score and two weeks".
We will look at the text in more detail another
time, but, that decree went forth in 457 B.C.
The equation is "7 + 60 + 2 = 69 weeks". Which
time in a "day for a year" of prophetic time,
= 69 x 7 = 483 years.
483 - 457 = 26 years. The decree was given
in the Autumn of 457 BC so it would take us to
the Autumn of 27 AD at which time Christ
was baptized by John in the Jordan River.
Luke 3:23 "And Jesus Himself began to be about
thirty years of age, ....."
This would mean that Jesus was born in
3 or 4 B.C. in relation to our current time.
Also; Jesus was crucified in AD 31. Backing
up in time would also indicate Jesus was
born about 3 B.C., at the beginning of the
70th week of Daniels prophecy of
Daniel 9: 24 - 27.
From these Bible records, we believe
Jesus was born in the Autumn in the
Seventh Month of the sacred year,
not on December 25 when His birth is
December 25, which
is five days after the longest night and
shortest day, is when the days began
to be noticeably getting longer again.
The Pagan religions celebrate this day as
the rebirth of their pagan sun god, Tamuz !
Early in the history of the Catholic Church,
they began to celebrate this day to accommodate
the influx of unconverted pagans into the church
which already was in apostasy ! Rome has attempted
to change God's Sabbath from the Seventh Day
to the first day of the week and all the protestant
churches follow her in this worship on
"the day of the sun" !
The Catholic Church calls December 25,
"Christ-mas" ! What does that word actually
mean to the Catholic mind. The word "Christ-mass"
is saying "Christ's - death", not "Christ's birth" !
It is their pagan sacrifice of the "victim" not
just on December 25, but millions of times every
day ! As some of you know and others may not
yet know that the Catholic Priest believes he
has the power to literally change the "wafer",
which they make from flour themselves, into
the body of Jesus and the wine into the blood
of Jesus ! They believe the priest has the power
to command Christ to obey them at any time
to come and be sacrificed !
Well, I do pity those poor souls and I am so
thankful to be delivered from this evil and that
I was born to Protestant, Bible Believing Parents !
We have stopped using the pagan name and simply
thank God for sending His Son to save us
from sin ! We celebrate the birth of Jesus
at this time of year, not on December 25, but
we celebrate His birth because by doing so,
the whole world of heathen people hear the
Glorious Story of God's Love for all the world
through the birth, life, death and resurrection
of Our Mighty God & Saviour, Jesus Christ !
We celebrate it because we can sing the glorious
carols proclaiming the story of Bethlehem,
and the shepherds watching over their sheep,
and the Angel Choir singing, "Glory to God in
the Highest and on earth, peace and good will
toward men ! And for a whole month, the
heathen see and hear the story proclaimed
around the world ! Praise God !
Yes, let us celebrate the birth of Jesus
and let the whole world know that God
loves them also, that Jesus did die for
them also, that Jesus did rise from the
dead and lives again in Heaven and that
Jesus is coming soon in Great Glory
and power to take His people Home !
Amen & Amen
Rich & Joyce