Morning thoughts from Pastor Tim
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Out of curiosity, I googled “When was Jesus born” with some nice results.
While we may celebrate His birth on December 25, it is highly unlikely that He was actually born that day, though with God all things are possible.
I personally believe that His birth must be tied in with one of the Jewish Feast days since He fulfilled the three Spring feast with His death, burial, resurrection, and the giving of the Holy Spirit.
It would seem logical that His birth would have preceded these but followed suit.
Most of what I read seem to indicate a date in Sept/Oct.
It has to do with the conception of John (the baptist) and then Jesus, six months later.
If we can come up with a near-date for the conception or birth of John then we can come up with a near-date for Jesus.
Without going into detail, Luke tells us that Zacharias was of the division of Abijah. Luke 1:5
This would let us know at what times of the year he could be doing this duty. There were only two.
One of the dates would allow for Jesus to be born around Succoth or the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the last feast of the autumn.
While I could see Him being born at the beginning of the Jewish year or on the Day of Atonement, I can also believe in Succoth.
Succoth commemorates the time when the Israelites lived in the wilderness during the Exodus from Egypt.
As a reminder of the shelters used in the wilderness, huts (sukkah) are built and used for eating and sleeping during the seven-day celebration. Succoth occurs at harvest time, and has elements of a harvest festival.
John 1:14 says, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
A literal translation could be “and tabernacled among us.”
In Revelation, Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Rev 1:8
It may very well be that His birth is tied together with the “end” feast.
In my own life I think of how important my birthday is.
Though I was born on May 7th, the one that matters is when I was born-again on Januray 15th.
So in this case, it’s not important to know the exact day He was born.
What is important is to know that He rose from the dead.
Our birthdays and anniversaries are nothing important without knowing the One that gives us the forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and the joy to enjoy those celebrations!