This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matt 1:18
Yesterday I was doing some research on the birth of Jesus. Though His birth will be celebrated in less than a month, I don’t think He was actually born on December 25th.
In my research I found different arguments about the actual day, including one for Christmas day.
The truth is it’s a stretch to come up with a particular day with any certainty. There is quite a bit of speculation and reading between the lines of Biblical text to achieve a date.
Some lean toward the last Fall feast of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacle.
I can see that happening. Jesus is our Tabernacle – our dwelling place in the worship of the Father.
I could lean toward a later date but not the 25th of December. Instead I would go with the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which will be December 9th this year.
This is the Festival of Lights, the Feast of Dedication, also known as Hanukkah.
Though it’s not a holy-day as mentioned in Torah, it is mentioned in the New Testament in John 10:22.
The story of Hanukkah begins in the days of the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully secularize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service to God..
When they sought to light the Temple’s menorah (the seven branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks.
But a miracle took place when the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be properly prepared.
To commemorate miracles, the festival of Hanukkah was instituted.
With that said, it really doesn’t matter when the Messiah was born. The Bible tells what you need to know – that He was born!
And while His birth is important, so is His death and resurrection!
It is also important to know that He is returning.
Instead of concentrating on His birth so much, all should be preparing for that return!