In the Month of December.
There are many unproven theories as to why Jesus Christ was not Born in December and why we should not Celebrate Christmas at this time together as Christians, this is the same with Easter but when examined in the light of Scripture by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, they have no substance or Truth and are mostly hearsay and fiction and come from man’s own logic, reasoning and understanding and fear. God tells us we should not agree or support those who teach contrary to His revealed Truth and we will know when it is both through Scripture and by The empowering of The Holy Spirit.
Over the next week will be looking at the Scriptures and Creation that confirm God’s account of the Birth of His Son, we will do this in parts so you will be able to discern for yourself its accuracy in relation to Jesus birth being on the 25th of December but first let’s look at some of the objections.
One thing those who discredit Christmas claim, is that the Christmas Tree was forbidden by God but as we look at the Scripture in (Jeremiah 10: 2-4 ) that they refer to, we see that the trees mentioned were used by the Pagans to craft Idols in the images of their gods which they then adorned with their gold and silver and worshiped all year, they were not celebrating Christmas but what is important is how they used these trees not that they used them. Thy are part of God’s creation and all He made was very good and to be enjoyed but anything can be used for evil.
No where in Scripture does God tell us not to Celebrate Christmas as Christians together, we are not accountable for what Pagans or Heathens do God knows our hearts but if you are indeed worshiping your Christmas Tree then you may need to seek help fast!
God tells us to give thanks and Praise to Him in all things but yes He also warns us not to worship false gods or to use our children as sacrifices to them, or put anything before Him including money.
God knows that unbelievers hearts are hard, He sees them from afar, He cannot be in fellowship with them because of their unconfessed sin but He longs to be, He does not want anyone to perish, meaning Spiritually to be separated eternally from Him. He also knows us, His Redeemed Children and delights in us. Having accepted His free gift of Salvation by coming to heart Repentance and receiving forgiveness, we show we believe in Jesus His Son who sets us free from the slavery and bondage of sin.
Heartbreakingly many commit Suicide but not just at Christmas, all through the year because they don’t have the Eternal Hope that is found only in Jesus Christ, it is their choice if they reject Him, not His, He died to set them free.
Why should we let Pagans ungodly actions stop us from Celebrating God’s great Love Gift in Jesus at Christmas or reject the beauty of His Creation and our God-given creativity in using it symbolically just because Pagans used Trees to worship their gods.
Some of the Decorations we enjoy at Christmas time were in the Tabernacle and are mentioned in other Scriptures, their Spiritual Symbolism is very encouraging and uplifting (see link below ) the Symbolism of most of these treasures have been known for years and shared, others were given recently by The Spirits empowering as we see them with our focus on Jesus Christ, the greatest gift we have ever received.
We are indeed to celebrate Jesus Birth and give thanks that He died for us while we were still sinners and of course we do this all year. If we are not thankful for His Birth we can’t be thankful that He died for us, both go together.
Jesus was hung on a Tree which was carved into the form of a Cross, His hands were nailed to it, His feet then tied firmly for weight support, He suffered greatly but He knew each one of us by name even before we were born, that is why He tells us we are carved on the palms of His hands, this is symbolic of the nails that He endured because of our sins and yet He considered Mankind worth it because of His great Love for us. How wonderful that He will not forget His Bride or abandon us, we are part of Him in The Spirit.
The early Church Leaders being called the First-fruits who were part of the Body of Christ, His Church which was called Catholic meaning Universal and not confined to any one Race, Denomination, or Country, or Gender, God does not have favorites but He knows those who are His even before we are Born. The early Church also called the Way and The Church of God, at that time knew the date of Jesus birth, later this date shown by events and signs in Scripture, was confirmed by those who followed.
It would also have been very hard if God had not Ordained Jesus’ Birth to be the 25th of December, to find a day to Celebrate Christ’s birth that was not set apart at that time by the Pagans to worship their sun-god or one of their other gods.
It is also hard to conceive that these Leaders would just have taken a guess as to the time Jesus was Born or that God did not plan His Son’s birth down to the finest and exact detail… yes the signs that show the exact time of His birth and death are recorded in the Scriptures the same as the signs of His return.(1Thessalonians 5 :2 -6 )
One of the other things that is claimed shows Jesus was not Born in December is that the sheep would not have been in the hills in winter but the facts show different and they still are today until the extreme cold temperatures in January and onwards.Some still argue that the birth occurred in some other season, like the fall. Those who believe this to be True say that the Judean Winters were too cold for Shepherds to be watching their flocks by night History shows they did and there is historical evidence too that unblemished lambs for the Temple sacrifice, were kept in the fields near Bethlehem during the winter months.
Also Jesus was laid in a manger by Mary, ( Luke 2: 7) this would have been lined with hay as it was being used to feed the Oxen and other animals who were sheltered in ( barns ) stables during the winter which is the rainy season, unlike the sheep who are well padded and who were being watched over by the Shepherds on the hills.
The Oxen were sheltered in the Barn, ( Stable ) of the Inns in winter but they were used to trash out the grain in the harvest season and so were grazed in the pastures. For the manger to be full it would mean that it was winter and December not October or any other month of the year.
The Scriptures tell us in ( Proverbs 14: 4 Where no Oxen are, the crib is clean ( or manger ) but much increase is by the strength of the Ox ) we know this is referring to the work the Ox did in the sowing, harvesting and trashing of the Grain in the dry seasons, which means the manger would have been empty during this time but not so in December and through the colder months.
Some of those who say we are not to Celebrate Jesus’ Birth at Christmas also tell us we are not give The Godhead honour or Trinity as we call Them today, meaning Three in One, because the Pagans worship their Trinity consisting of Satan, the Beast and the false Prophet? The Scriptures tell us if we can’t acknowledge The Living Word, Jesus Christ Divinity as part of the Trinity, then we don’t have The Holy Spirit.
1John 5:7 For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost and these Three are One.
.Let’s not listen to the collective murmurings of those who want to cast doubt on the recorded words of Scripture, some of these are Cults and like them some others who make these claims also seek to keep the Law hoping to gain their Salvation through doing this, instead of Trusting in the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
Yes we keep the Law but not by the Old Covenant rules and regulations, Jesus was the fulfillment of these. Those who believe they are needed for Salvation or for obedience and those who reject Jesus’ Birth at Christmas cause confusion, so instead of listing to man’s fleshy understanding let’s keep our focus on Jesus our Lord and Saviour … who is The Way, The Truth, The Life and as we know, no one comes to the Father but through Him and we become one with Him as He rises in our hearts. ( 2 Peter1:19-21 )
We will continue over Christmas and when needed confirm the signs in which the Scriptures and the Universe reveal the date of Jesus’ Birth as the25th of December, below is a link that confirms this Truth in the birth of John the Baptist.
Many Blessings for Christmas and the New Year and may God’s Love, Joy, and Hope be in your heart every day of the year.
Christmas Love which is Christian Love, from both of us – Anne