Ok, so the point is to bring glory to Christ in celebration of His birth. This is what some express about their desire to take part in the holiday known as "Christmas" that takes place on December 25th of each year. It is an admirable thing to bring glory to Christ Jesus. I personally do rejoice in the birth of the Messiah and do so all year long...(that is not an exaggeration). What I mean to share is that each time I read the accounts of the coming of Christ into the world, the Spirit of God within me causes my spirit to rejoice at this awesome mystery of God. Why then, December the 25th? Was this the time of Jesus's birth?
To truly bring honor to the Lord Jesus we ought to do so in a Biblically based manner, as opposed to man-made inventions. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, men acting on their own (if not out of the Spirit) can create problems by imposing something not ordained by God on others. If we would worship Jesus, let's do so realistically, spiritually and in truth! Let us do so accurately. So let's look at when Christ was born into the world based on the Scriptures, and putting our heads together, see what we can see.
1. Thank God for His teachers that have brought to light that the Bible does contain information about the timing of the Birth of the Lord Jesus. I was so surprised when one pointed out to me one day these verses from Luke chapter one that give a big lead for us to follow. Speaking of Zacharias the husband of Elizabeth the future mother of John the Baptist we read;
2. Then we read that the angel Gabriel brought news to the childless Zacharias that God would give him a son who would walk in the power of the Spirit of God- John the Baptist. But TWICE in these verses above we are pointed to the fact that the priest Zacharias, was serving in his specific "course" or "tour of duty" in his priestly duties. His time period of service was called the "course of Abia". Moving along quickly, we see that the timing of Elizabeth's pregnancy is based on this time reference. The Word specifically states that at the conclusion of Zacharias' priestly duties...
3. The understand is clear that Elizabeth became pregnant immediately after Zacharias returned home from his priestly duties. Elizabeth hid herself for five months. In the sixth month of her pregnancy The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the announcement that she, a virgin, would bear the son of God. How incredible! And in telling Mary these things he also told her of Elizabeth's condition;
4. Making a long story short Mary packed her bags and went immediately (verse 39) to be with Elizabeth. This greeting awaited her there;
5. It should be established to us by this that Mary was at this time, pregnant with the yet unborn Lord Jesus  -- and staggered six-months back from Elizabeth's pregnancy. Based on normal 9 to 9-1/2 month pregnancies, we can know that the Lord Jesus Christ was born nine months from this time, or looking at it from another direction, 6 to 6-1/2 months after the birth of John. If we together can determine from the information about Zacharias's "course of Abia", at what time of year Elizabeth became pregnant, we can know the actual season that Christ Jesus was born into the world. And if a specific time of year should be given-- that Christ may be glorified for coming into the world, then that would be the proper time.
Shalom and joy in the Holy Ghost,
|Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/16/2004 7:18PM|