When Was Jesus Born Part One
The Bible does not provide the exact day or even the same year in which Jesus was born in Bethlehem.‘When He was born. It describes two events surrounding his birth that lead many to conclude that he was not born on December 25.
Shortly before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus issued a decree ordering “all the inhabited earth to be registered.” Everyone had to register in “his city,” which might have required a journey of a week or more. (Luke 2:1-3)
It was difficult to travel on the road during the winter month. Got a question wrote that Roman censuses would not have been taken in winter, as cold temperatures and poor road conditions would have made participation in a census difficult. However, others point out that Roman officials were not all that concerned with the burdens they placed on the citizenry. It was either obey Caesar or else; ease and convenience did not factor into the law-making process.
Also Shepherd were “living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks.” (Luke 2:8) in December, it was the rainy season and likely the sheep and shepherd sought shelter during inclement weather
Since scripture does not provide the day or month of Jesus birth Than why do we celebrate His on December 25? The Encyclopædia Britannica says that church leaders probably chose it “to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the ‘birthday of the unconquered sun,’” at the time of the winter solstice. According to The Encyclopedia Americana, many scholars believe that this was done “to make Christianity more meaningful to pagan converts.”
.December 25th was always a Pagan Holiday. For literally thousands of years before Christians claimed ownership of December 25th, it was a Pagan holiday celebrating the Sun God, Sol Invictus, which concluded their annual winter festival of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a week-long Roman festival honouring the god Saturn; since it started on December 17 Until December 25th
On 25 December AD 274, the Roman emperor Aurelian made it an official religion alongside the traditional Roman cults
Although winter is the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the December Solstice marks the “turning of the Sun,” and the days slowly get longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come and nature’s continuing cycle have been common throughout cultures and history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December Solstice. The winter and summer solstice. The daylight becomes longer.
Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in 312 and sanctioned Christianity. Church leaders made efforts to appropriate the winter-solstice holidays and achieve a more seamless conversion to Christianity for the emperor’s subjects. In rationalizing the celebration of Jesus’ birthday in late December, church leaders may have argued that since the world Pope Julius declared 25th December as Jesus birthday around 350 AD
My mother once told me. The reason Moses burial site or Jesus’ birthday was not recorded in the scripture because we would’ve memorial it, and built a shrine around these sites, and humanity would’ve been more occupied. Instead of the task at hand, proclaiming the gospel. Maybe the reason the four gospels did not show the date of Jesus’s birth is perhaps they were more focused on why He came. As Scripture states, “ The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to our sons and us forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”
The Bible does not provide the exact day or even the same year in which Jesus was born in Bethlehem Dr. Like, the noted historian, did not record the date, nor the month of Jesus’s birth. Although the Jewish people kept a precise record and had Jesus’s birth records on hand, and Dr. Luke had access to them He could easily record the date of Jesus’ birth.
Another factor that Mary the mother of Jesus would have remembered the day Jesus was born and likely told Dr. Luke this while investigating Jesus’ life. Since he was known to do a thorough investigation, Dr. Luke declared , “just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. 3 It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence.” Why did he leave this out of his from his account?
A better question would have being, why did Jesus come into the world in the first place? What is more important, the reason He came or His birthday?
Mary proclaims, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in my savour,
Zachariah prophesying, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel because He has visited and provided redemption for His people, He has raised a horn of salvation for His people. To give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. Luke1;47,69,77.
In Matthew 1:21, She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.”In John 1:29,36 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! another verse saidWhen he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”
briefnet.com wroteThe main focus of the New Testament writers is not the date of Jesus’ birth, but that God the Father has sent His son at just the right time in all of history to accomplish His saving purposes and thus fulfill His promise. The apostle Paul proclaimed, “When the set time had dully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5). And we read in the Gospel of Mark, “Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the news of God. ‘The time has come,’ He said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Matthew 1:14-15).
To me, celebrating Jesus on the twenty-fifth of December is a good thing even though it is a pagan holiday. Why not celebrate Jesus’s birthday , the greatest gift God gave to humanity, by sending His one and only Son Jesus Christ in the world to redeemed humankind from our sins.
RC Sproul wrote these words; That question comes up every year at Christmas time. In the first place, there’s no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There’s nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. There’s much in The New Testament narratives that would suggest that it didn’t happen during that time of year.
On the twenty-fifth of December in the Roman Empire, there was a pagan holiday that was linked to mystery religions; the pagans celebrated their festival on December 25. The Christians didn’t want to take part in that, and so they said, “While everybody else is celebrating this pagan thing, we’re going to have our celebration. We’re going to celebrate the thing that’s most important in our lives, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is going to be a time of joyous festivities, celebration and worship of our God and King.”
I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating his birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament, for example, it revealed the Messiah would come to redeem the Jewish people. I believed Jesus is the true Messiah meaning anointed one, or chosen one, or liberator.
The reason why Jesus came into this world is to redeemed humanity from the curse of Adam and Eve’s of sins.