Posts tagged ‘birth of Jesus’

December 21st, 2013

Jesus Wasn’t Born on Christmas

by Max Andrews

Let’s start giving a full disclosure concerning Christmas: Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. (That’s what I mean by Christmas. I’m referring to its date.) I think most people know that, but what’s important is knowing when Jesus actually was born (approximating) and the origins of the date. Spoiler alert: the date has pagan origins. Is that a problem? I don’t think so and we shouldn’t be up in a twist about it. The main point is marking a point of celebration. Christmas is about the incarnation–God becomes man. Does our celebration of the incarnation have to be on a specific day? No. It has simply become Christian tradition that we do celebrate the incarnation. The birth of Jesus is another way of looking at it but a theologically rich view of Christmas views the season as a celebration of the incarnation of God.

1). Dating the account requires synoptic correlation by referring to Matthew’s account of the same events.

  • Mt. 2.1: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.”
  • Mt. 2.19: “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.”

2). Herod died in 4BC. Jesus had to have been born before this, which would be between 6-4BC. During this time, Herod was sick and there was much turmoil. Augustus would have wanted a census taken.

April 29th, 2012

Jesus the Child

by Max Andrews

The Birth of Christ

Announcement made to the shepherds (Luke 2.8-20)

  • Shepherds considered unclean
  • Shepherds not educated
  • God revealed His glory
  • Not to priests but shepherds
  • Not in the temple but in a field
  • God gave a sign
  • A baby in a manger
  • Wrapped in cloth
  • In a manger not a palace
  • Wrapped in cloth not luxurious