NOT December 25th!

Greg Gwin

There is near unanimous agreement among Bible scholars that Jesus was NOT born on December 25th.  This comes from a simple consideration of one of the facts surrounding the birth of Christ.  Luke 2 tells us that at the time of His birth there were “shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (vs 8). Angels appeared to these shepherds announcing the birth of the Saviour.   Experts agree that, while shepherds often remained in the fields with their flocks during the warm months of the year, they definitely would not have been out there during a cold winter month like December.

Fiction about the Birth of Jesus

  • It is not a known fact that there were three wise men. The three gifts could have been brought by a smaller or larger group.
  • The wise men did not visit the stable, as the so-called “nativity” scenes often depict. Matthew 2:11 says they visited Jesus later, when He was in a house.
  • We have no instruction in the Bible to observe a special day in honor of the birth of Jesus. This is not to say that we are not grateful for his birth. Obviously, we are. But the only special observance taught in the New Testament is the Lord’s Supper which commemorates his death – and that is to be done each first day of the week (Acts 20:7).

It is also fiction to imagine that anyone could please Him by thinking of Him

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