Despite department stores having their “holiday” trees up since before Halloween, it is December and the Christmas season is here!
Definitely one of my favorite times of the year, if not the most. I got all of the Christmas stuff out of the attic yesterday and decorated the house, one of my favorite things. However, not so great…my favorite Christmas CD, Harry Conic Jr. Oh, What A Night is not in its case! Really unhappy about that, but I’ll keep looking listening to Trans Siberia…
Anyway…when I first put forth the following notion, they said I was crazy…crazy generous.
Most people who have read the NT understand that December 25 is not Jesus’ birthday, but the December Christmas is just tradition and we all enjoy it and you really can’t go wrong in putting the spotlight on Jesus any time of the year.
There is no definitive scripture on the date of Jesus’ birth, but in Luke 1, with a couple of assumptions, we do get a rough idea of the time of year.
For brevity of this post, I will link to Luke 1 and reference it -
Luke 1:26 - Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth.
We see here that God, through Gabriel, gave Mary the news of being with Child in the sixth month.
The sixth month of the Jewish calendar is Ellul, which lands it around the August or September area of our calendar.
After receiving the news, we are told Mary goes to Elizabeth’s home, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. If we read Luke to understand that Mary is both conceived and went to Elizabeth’s home in Ellul, we can have a clearer understanding of when Jesus was born.
If we take it from Ellul, and account that Mary was pregnant during a Jewish leap year(to include Adar Sheini), she would be pregnant - Ellul, Tishrei, Cheshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shvat, Adar, Adar Sheini, Nisan…
Reading the bible and seeing God’s plan, there are few…if any randoms.
If we understand Jesus to have been born in late Nisan(late March/April), and that the Jewish calendar was primarily lunar, it could very well be possible that Jesus was born and crucified…or born and resurrected on the exact same day…that is to say the earth’s position in relation to the sun was the same at birth and death or birth and resurrection.
Perhaps Jesus’ earthly life was a perfectly sequenced and portioned period of time. Perhaps, the truth would have us celebrating Christmas and Good Friday or Easter on the same day.
The important thing is He came. Thank You Lord.