Friday, December 21, 2018
Was Jesus born on December 25th (Christmas Day)?
Was Jesus born on December 25th?
During Christmas, there is always that big debate about the exact date of Jesus. There are so many camps that you don’t even know which one to belong. Some believe He was born on December 25th, but others believe he was not. Others don’t even believe that he existed; therefore, they negate his human birth at all. God has revealed his greatness even more in that while we were sinners, he gave his son Jesus to die for us. Hold on a minute, we were on earth, and he must be born for mankind. So, an angel appeared to a virgin, called Mary to tell her she will conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost and will deliver a child whose name will be called Jesus. Jesus was born in a manger wrapped in swaddles. After his birth, three magi visited him to pay homage as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Since his birth, a day has been generally celebrated to commemorate his coming for the soul of humanity.
Behold the enigma! Was Jesus born on December 25th?
There is no such mention in the Bible. However, the argument for and against Christmas is childish. Why take all that pain to prove that Jesus was or was not born on December 25th? There must always be a horizontal interpretation of the Bible to establish proper hermeneutics. People have said that the 25th of December was a day that the pagans worshiped the sun god. That is a bad interpretation. It is like arguing that because the USA celebrates 4th of July as Independence Day, but the Philippines celebrates it as Republic Day, then the Americans are celebrating the Filipinos's Republic Day, or the Filipinos are celebrating the American Independence Day. Now, it would be stupid for someone to get up one day and say, " Did you know that the Americans celebrate 4th of July as Independence Day, but the Filipinos celebrate it as the Republic Day? Would it then be right to accuse the Filipino of celebrating the American Holiday? You must look across the board to see how that day is celebrated. The pagans celebrated December 25 as a day for the sun God, but the Jews also celebrated it as a day to offer gifts to the poor way before the advent of Jesus (Esther 9:22). It was called there Feast of Purim.
There has never been a solved debate on the validity of the 25th of December as the day Christ was born. However, everyone is certain the date foreshadows hope and foretells a bright future for those who will trust in Him. On the day He was born (December 25th or whatever day) began the beginning of redemption and the paroxysm was his death. Christ died that humanity may have rest and hope. Many have joined in this celebration and a few more resist and reject the feast. They argue that they are not Christians.
Some people consider the day as the most important and others do not. While there is no injunction against holidays, there are guidelines to manage days of feasting in our lives as God must be the center of them (Rom 14:5-9). In whatever we do, we are to do it for the glory of God (I Cor 10:31). For some, December 25th is important, but to others, it is not. Christian maturity then comes in with the application of Romans 14:5-6.
During Christmas we have traditionalized the habit of giving gifts and perfunctory Christmas wishes. I mean wishes that mean really nothing. Even in the course of giving, the ethos thereof is defeated because the gifts nowadays have two classes: the poor man’s gift and the rich man’s gift. Gifts actually were for the poor and not for the rich. When the Jews had rested from all their enemies and their sorrow was turned to joy; from mourning into a good day they decided to feast and enjoy, sending portions to one another and gifts to the poor (Esther 9:22). Wasn't that true delectation and true lebensfreude?
Whether they believe in him or not or trust the date or not one question abounds: Does Christmas really bring hope to you?
Until then, remember the advice of Paul o to the Romans 14:5-6.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
Was Jesus born on December 25th? During Christmas, there is always that big debate about the exact date of Jesus. There are so many ...