Is December the 25th the day Jesus was born? Is it a pagan holiday? Should we celebrate it?
Those are three very good questions that we will address. December 25 is not the day Christ was born. It was the date of His conception. The Scriptures easily document this fact as you will see.
Now clearly anyone who uses common sense can tell that this is so. Shepherds do not have their flocks out in the middle of winter. Mary would not have attempted to travel to her cousin Elizabeth in some rather cold temperatures over, Im sure, rough terrain.
Having that said lets document that December the 25th was Christs conception. This is not so much a study but rather to address the topic directly.
We are going to start in Luke with Zecharias. Many seem to forget this man was a priest and a had course twice a year to work in the temple. This is where you must start and learn when the course he served was. It was the course of Abia.
The dates of the course was June 13-19.
So then we have Zecharias and his wife Elizabeth being full-blood Levites. A Levitical priest could only marry a Levite woman.
In other words they fulfilled all the legal requirements of a Levitical Priest and his wife.
Being childless at this time was a shame to a woman. Elizabeth was barren and could not conceive a child. It will take Divine Intervention for a miracle to take place.
We see here that Zecharias is on duty to service the temple.
Now while he was doing this the angel Gabriel appears to him. Gabriel goes on to tell Zecharias that he shall have a son and name him John, which mean "Yahvehs Gift". He of course being the forerunner of Christ.
Now Zecharias for some reason doubts the angels words and asks for a sign. Normal reaction I suppose, but when you have angel from God in front of you? Hmmm Well, Gabriel becomes a bit impatient with Zecharias. He then gives him a sign all right.
Wait a minute? Are you saying Gabriel is male? Thats right. The name Gabriel means "Mighty man of God".
It seems Zecharias wont saying a whole lot for a while.
The course of Abia would not be finished until after June 20th. Zechariah lived about 30 miles from home. It would take a man his age at least 2 days to travel from the temple. This puts the date at June 23rd or 24th.
Elizabeth his herself 5 months. This will take us to November 24th, 5 months later.
Where are we chronologically? The sixth month from January? No. I have seen others make that mistake. We are not in June here. This is in the sixth month of Elizabeths pregnancy with John. On top of that the Hebrew calendar begins at the vernal equinox not January. So, we are now at December 25th. June to November being five months, plus December is six months from Johns conception.
This only states the Joseph was of the tribe of Judah.
Jesus being Greek for Yahsha. It means "Salvation of Yahveh". God will bring salvation to the world through this One.
This being December 25th, the conception of The Son of The Living God.
Now, here we will explain that Jesus was not of the tribe of Judah only, but also of Levi. How is that possible? Its simple really. We already know that Elizabeth and Zecharias were full-blood Levites. If Elizabeth is Marys cousin, this meant that one of Marys parents was a Levite. It happens to be her mother. Her father naturally would be of Judah (Luke 3:33) for the scriptures say Jesus would inherit the throne of David back in verse 32. He would also be a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
This also helps explain the "supposed" problems with the genealogy in Matthew and Luke. The genealogy in Matthew is obviously Josephs who had nothing to do with the birth of Christ other than by adoption. In Luke you will not see the word "begat" but "As was supposed" meaning by law. In other words, Mary did not have a brother, therefore Mary's father's heritage was passed on through the daughter to the son-in-law. That's why in Luke you don't see "begat" but "which was the son of..."
Hence, you have both the king line (Judah) and the priest line (Levi). Making Christ the priest of priests and king of kings, & the Lord of all Lords.
Mary is a good example of faith and trust in God.
As soon as Mary was able she went to Elizabeth. No doubt she was excited.
The soul and spirit that was placed in Mary's womb was so strong, that when she cried to Elizabeth with the good news knowing that Elizabeth had good news, that John being six months in the womb, leapt. So, when exactly did God begin to dwell with man?
There is your documentation that Christmas is not a pagan holiday for Christians. Anytime that Jesus Christ can be the focus and His Name can be glorified I dont believe is a bad thing.
The conception of John
23rd Sivan = June 23-24
The birth of John
7th Nisan = March 28-29
The Miraculous "Begetting"
1st Tebeth = December 25th
15th Tisri = September 29th
Written by Phil Najera
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