The Due Date

The due date of December 20th has come and gone; as has the 21st and now it is the morning of the 22nd.
The predicting of a birth is an extremely inaccurate science.
Here I am, on vacation and awaiting the birth of a grandson.
Should he not arrive by Saturday, I will not be around for his debut into the world because I have church service on Sunday and must return to work on Monday.
I have heard of many births being well after and many others well before the due date.
I can predict and plan a vacation; I can predict and plan where I want to go and what I want to do; I can predict and plan a church service and a return back to work but I cannot combine all around the birth of my grandson.
There is a birth that was predicted and came at an appointed time.
Remember this reading from Rom 5:6 – When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
The “right time” means a proper time or a set time.
As much as Jesus died for us on a certain day – Passover; He also must have been born on a certain day.
It was a day planned by God.
Daniel’s prophecy of 70 weeks indicates that Messiah is cut off (crucified) in the middle of the week, which corresponds to 3-1/2 years.
So He was about 30 when He began His ministry (Luke 3:23) and 33-1/2 when it ended on Passover.
I’ll not go into great detail at this time but this would put His birth on the Feast of Tabernacles, which is 6 months from Passover.
John the Baptist was 6 months older than Jesus (Luke 1:26-37). So John would have been born on Passover.
It is interesting to note that during the Seder, the Passover meal, the Jews pour a glass of wine for the coming of Elijah, who will precede Messiah. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Mal 4:5
One day His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist. Matt 17:10-13
So John the Baptist is the fulfillment of prophecy.
Though we celebrate the Birth of Jesus on December 25th, it is very unlikely it is the day.
We all would be better to celebrate, not so much the day of His birth, but that of His atoning death and to celebrate His resurrection in the fellowship each Lord’s Day.
As for my grandson, he, too, will come at a Godly appointed time ordained by God.

One thought on “The Due Date

  1. Watching & waithing for that baby, knowing it is an absolute, he is comming. Reminds me of watching & waithing for His return…Hummmmm even nature declairs the glory of God!


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