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Christmas is NOT when Jesus was born?

I’d like to share something with you that I find very interesting about Christmas. To the month, we know when some events happened in the Old Testament. For example, the first Passover took place on the tenth of Abib, which is our March/April. Artaxerxes, the King of Persia released the third wave of Jews under the leadership of Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall March 14, 445BC. We even know Jesus’ triumphal entry took place on the sixth of April, 32AD.

Now I don’t think it would be too much to say Christ’s birth is the most important event in history, second only to His crucifixion. Now here’s what’s weird: we don’t know when He was born. Not only do we not know the month, we don’t even know the year.

The Gospel of Luke, which we’ll spend the next few years covering, gives very specific details about Christ’s birth down to what He was wearing and where He slept (Luke 2:12  swaddling clothes in a manger). Why would God give us those details and allow us to know the dates of other events that – while important – pale in comparison to Christ’s birth, but keep that date from us? God could have very easily let us know when His Son was born, which leads me to believe two things:

  1. The exact date of Christ’s birth has no significance whatsoever.
  2. The fact that Jesus came is infinitely more important than when He came. The fact that He came into the world to die for our sins, be resurrected to eternal life, and that He lives today making intercession for us in heaven is what we should be celebrating.

When Christmas rolls around, let’s make sure we’re not distracted by all the things the world wants to make the holidays about, and let’s keep our focus on the Lord. Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to sound like a downer, because I’m all for the food, family and fellowship, but let’s remember it’s really about Christ. To be more specific, it’s all about the Incarnation, that God became a man and provided forgiveness for our many sins so we could spend eternity with Him. Hallelujah!!!

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