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I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Christmas day is celebrated on December 25th. The actual day of the birth of Jesus is not given in the Bible. But if we study the Bible, we can trace it down and that is what we will do now.
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The Transcript of the Message
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
Christians celebrate Christmas as religious festival. It centers around the church, party, food and fun. Christmas to others is part of business, party, or something else. We all celebrate Christmas in some way. But, I have received a mail couple of days ago from one guy saying Christmas and Easter are not in the Bible, but are rooted in pagan origin. I do not know what kind of Bible he has. In Luke 2:9-18 Angels brought the news of Christmas to shepherds & rejoiced. 13&14 suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Angels celebrated Christmas, man and God had part in it. Shepherds even went to see the baby to celebrate it. So, it is proper to celebrate the birth of Jesus, which is Christmas.
Some others say that December 24th is not the actual Christmas day and so what do we celebrate? Let us look at this. The feast of passover and the feast of unleavened bread are the most important feasts for the Jews. God said to celebrate them on 14th & 21st of the first month. In 2 Chro 30:2,13&15, we see that it was allowed to be celebrated on the 2nd month, for a few reasons. So, God has allowed to celebrate the feasts on different days and it is recorded in the Bible for us to know. Here, Christmas day is not directly given in the Bible and the church chose to celebrate Christmas on December 24th & 25th. God has allowed such festivals to be celebrated on different days. So it is okay to celebrate it on December 24th & 25th, even though it is not the exact day.
One more thing. If we look for Christmas day in the Bible, we may find it. So, Let us give it a try. Deut 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: Ex 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb,. So, the 10th of the first month Abib, the passover lamb was set aside for sacrifice. It is the main part of the passover. 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Here, we have two important days in the first month Abib. 1) passover lamb is set aside on the 10th. 2) passover lamb is killed on the 14th. 1 Cor 5:7 says Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: So, Jesus is the passover lamb. If we look at the Bible, Jesus was killed on the same day, and at the same hour, that the passover lamb should be killed. That is Jesus died on Abib 14th evening. It is also possible that he was set aside on the 10th of Abib, as the passover lamb. So, Abib 10th may be the birthday of Jesus, Christmas day.
Let us verify this day from another side. When the angel of God announced Mary about her conception with child Jesus, he also said that her cousin Elisabeth was also with a baby, John the Baptist. It is in Luke 1:26-36. 30 the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 36 behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her. So, John the Baptist was 6 months older than Jesus. So, if we find the birthday of John the Baptist, take 6 months from it, that is the birth day of Jesus. So, let us first find the birthday of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:5 says priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: his wife was of the daughters of Aaron and her name was Elisabeth. 8&9 it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 11 there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 13 the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. So, a/c to this, Zacharias was a priest in the course of Abia. His wife was Elizabeth. An angel told him at the temple that his wife Elizebeth will conceive a son soon after he goes home and Zacharias has to name him John. Let us find when Zacharias got home.
The priests are divided into 24 courses, in which the course of Abia comes as the 8th a/c to 1 Chro 24:7-19. 24 courses serve in the temple one week at a time. When they have completed, they start it all over and serve a second term. So each course serves twice in a year. But, on special feast days, all courses serve a/c to 2 Chro 8:13, Deut 16:10&16, & Ex 34:22. Special weeks are, feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost that was feast of the weeks in the OT, and of the Tabernacles. So, every course serve three times in a year. But, our aim is to find the 2 weeks that Abia alone and Zacharias served.
The first course serves in the 1st week. Second week is the feast of Passover, third week is feast of Unleavened Bread & ninth week is feast of the weeks, it is Pentecost, all courses together serve these weeks. So, these are 3 weeks. Abijah, being 8th, it's turn comes in 8+3 the 11th week. So, Zacharias served this week and might saw angel Gabriel. After this, Zacharias went home on 12th week, which is the end of the third month. Luke 1:23 says it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24 after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived... So, most probably his wife Elizabeth would have conceived, in the beginning of the 4th month. Then, John the Baptist could have born in the beginning of the 1st month. If we take away 6 months from the birthday of John, it comes to the beginning of the 7th month. So, a possible birthday of Jesus is in the beginning of the 7th month of the Jews. But, this day does not match with the day that we got by setting aside the passover lamb. It was the first month, but not the 7th.
So let us try the other possibility, if the angel visited Zacharias at his 2nd round of service in the temple. 24 weeks for the first round, 4 feasts days, and Abia is the 8th course, so 24+4+8= 36. So, at the 36th week from the first Sabbath of the year, the course Abia would have served in the temple for the 2nd term. If angel Gabriel had met Zacharias at this week, he would have gone home at the 37th week, which is the last week of the 9th month or the 1st week of the 10th month. In this case, Elizabeth would have conceived within the first two weeks of the tenth month and John would have born within the first 2 weeks of the 7th month. If we take 6 months away from 7, Jesus would have born at the first two weeks of the first month Abib. If we look at the account that set aside the passover lamb, the birthday of Jesus is 10th of Abib, which is within the first two weeks of the 1st month Abib and this is match perfectly. So, birthday of Jesus, the passover lamb, is Abib 10th. So Christmas day is 10th of the 1st month of the Jews, a/c to the Bible.
So, we may celebrate Christmas on either December 24th & 25th a/c to the tradition, or on Abib 10th & 11th a/c to the Bible, or on both days. But I like to tell you one important thing. If we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Lamb of God, even on both occasions, and if we are not cleansed by the blood of Jesus, who is the Lamb of God, then what is that to us. 1 John 1:7 if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. So, walk in the light as he is in the light, so that his blood may cleanse us, so that the celebration of our Christmas will have meaning, peace, joy and eternal reward.
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