The reality is that Christmas is not a great time of the year for everyone. Personally, I enjoy Christmas and always have. This year is different. After this year of researching Jewish context and history (Understanding Jesus by Joe Amaral and The Star of Bethlehem) I have made some interesting discoveries about the time of year Jesus was born as well as putting it in a proper context- that God broke through the veil of humanity to initiate a war with the evils of this world.
Yes I know not much of a Christmas-sy picture! That is the point exactly, Jesus was born and his parents were on the run for their very lives.
John 1:14 says “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Another way of saying ‘dwelt among us’ is- tabernacled. A word we are not familiar with completely. Amaral writes: “If John the Baptist was born during Nissan 15, during Passover, then Jesus would have to be born on or near Tishri 15, which happens to be the first day of the Biblical Feast of Tabernacles.” The Feast of Tabernacles is a Fall feast, which falls between September-October of our calendar.
So why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus during the 25th of December, well for me after watching the research of the Bethlehem Star, there is a very good reason why we celebrate the giving of gifts, hint (wisemen brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh) and it happens to fall on or near December 25. So not all is lost around Christmas in relation to the birth of Jesus, it is in fact the celebration of giving of gifts as the first known gifts were given to Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
For me the reality of Christmas is the celebration of God entering our realm to rescue humanity from evil, death, and sin. He did so in the birth of Jesus, the Word made flesh and tabernacled among us. In the words of the music group Downhere in their song How Many Kings:
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
As we give gifts this year, may we be reminded of the first gift that was given from the King of Kings and Creator of all- the best Gift ever, Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Messiah!
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