In all of the noise at this time of year, too often people forget the reasons why Jesus came. And it wasn’t about marketing, presents & having a big feast on Christmas Day.
We should first understand that although we commemorate the birth of Jesus at this time of year, he was not born on 25th December. Many people have tried to work out exactly when He was born and most suggest it was probably no later than September or October.
If you are so inclined you can search and find plenty of information on the web to suggest other dates with excellent reasons why they chose that date.
But regardless of when Jesus was born, it is more important to understand WHY He was born.
To that end I have collected a few posts from my blog looking at this topic.
First, let us look at the manner of His birth & how he was first presented to the world. In this post we see the heavenly announcements, to whom they were made and why.
The Coming Of The Lord Announced
Next we see how the birth of Jesus took place. Born in a manger in the most humble of circumstances. Jesus did not come with the trappings of kings, but in the presence of barn animals. Nor was He born in the presence of kings but was first visited by shepherds, humble workmen who were a type of which Jesus was to become for He is the great shepherd of the flock of God.
Shepherds In The Fields By Night
This next post provides an interesting insight into the whole point of commemorating Christmas or Jesus’ birth. Given that the Bible does not provide an accurate date of His birth, is it important to know? Certainly it is a reason for great joy that He came, but is it so important that we need to have this celebration? In fact Jesus Himself said that what we SHOULD remember and commemorate is His death. And we do this by breaking bread & taking communion. This post considers these issues briefly.
The Birth Of Jesus
Other Interesting Things about His Birth
As Jesus grew we see Him presented to the priests in accordance with the Mosaic Law and we see Him blessed. This post looks at some of the events that took place at that time shortly after His birth.
Baby Jesus Blessed In The Temple
Finally I have included another post for it is important to realize that there were many prophecies pointing to Jesus coming. Moses himself said that God would raise up a prophet to lead God’s people just as he had been raised up, and it is incredible to see how many similarities there are between the early lives of Jesus and Moses. This post considers some of those.
Similarities between Jesus and Moses Birth
I hope this short study looking at Jesus’ birth has provided some insights. At this tme of year it is easy to get carried away with the festivities, feasting, gifts & not to mention the stresses associated with Christmas. Let us though not lose sight of what is important in all things and that is to focus on Jesus Christ and seeking the will of God. Jesus was not born on December 25th but we can and should remember Him EVERY day of the year.
May The Lord bless you always.