The Birth of Jesus

I personally do not celebrate Christmas, as for me we should always give thanks for the Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.  We should thank him for everything he has done. Without him taking on all our sins, we would have a horrible eternity in our future.  I do not Judge others in any way, as this Holiday can indeed be used for the Glory of God.

Traditional Christmas music that celebrates the birth of Jesus can be listened to any time of the year.

There are also many “Annual Christians”; those are the ones who only go to a church building on Christmas Eve or Day and truly do not know the Lord.  Lets pray that more come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

For me, the Christmas holiday has become a season of big-business and most who celebrate it forget the real reason behind it.  Many people who have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior, still celebrate Christmas.   December 25th was adopted as his birthday, as it coincided with Pagan practices of Winter Solstice/ festival of Saturnalia.  There was also an issue with Julian Calendar (In 45 b.c. – Julius Caesar) vs Gregorian (In 1582 a.d. – Pope Gregory XIII) Calendar dates.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_calendars

Remember that Winter Solstice (starts December 21st) is celebrated by those currently practicing witchcraft (Pagan/Wiccan).  They often use something  called a “Yule Alter” which can easily blend in with traditional Christmas decorations.   This is a time to come together in prayer to fight against evil in the name of Jesus.  I won’t provide a link to their practices, as this blog is covered in the Blood of Jesus.   

The real birthday of Jesus is not known, and many scholars claim it would have been between June and August.  Some suggest the date of  August 21. 

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Jeremiah 10:1-5  

Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.

2 Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.

3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.

4 They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple. 

5 They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak;
They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.”

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Matthew 1:18-21

18 The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.

21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

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Matthew 2

Wise Men Seek the King
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem,

2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.

5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:

6 And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will shepherd My people Israel.”

7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.

8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.”

9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east!   It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.

10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.

11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.

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The Flight into Egypt
13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and His mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt.

15 He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called My Son.

The Massacre of the Innocents
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men.

17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more.

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Jesus, Mary and Joseph Settle in Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

21 So he got up, took the child and His mother, and entered the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream, he withdrew to the region of Galilee.

23 Then he went and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, that He will be called a Nazarene.


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12 thoughts on “The Birth of Jesus

  1. From what I’ve read and studied, it was likely that Jesus was born on the Feast of Tabernacles on the Hebrew Calendar. which generally coincides with our month of September.

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  2. Post Notes ** I have to share something strange that I found during write-up of this post. When I looked up the scripture for Jeremiah 10:1-5; I was finding a very strange twist in several versions I pulled up for verse 5.

    This one looks fine and is from King James:
    They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak;
    They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves.
    Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil,
    Nor can they do any good.”

    Look what many other versions have:
    Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch,
    their idols cannot speak.
    They must be carried because they cannot walk.
    Do not fear them for they can do no harm—
    and they cannot do any good.

    ****************************************************
    Doesn’t anyone find it odd that the reference to scarecrows in a cucumber patch is in the Bible under some versions? I bring out strange findings when doing studies. Does it make sense that a scarecrow would be used in a cucumber patch?

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    1. Sometimes they make illogical changes just because its about copyright. There has to be originality of the work to earn copyright! In the end im sad to say many bibletranslations are about earning money.

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  3. As comes to christma’s i personally have not celebrated it in any way for 20+ years except some get together with the family.
    Generally i don’t celebrate any holiday as average, never saw the need for it. Guess that makes me a real minority since people seems to be so preoccupied with holidays in our time.

    Id wager it’s a way to fill up spiritual emptiness with glitz and glory for a short time. My personal motto for living is Jesus, family, books, work. And the work part id gladly leave out for the 3 before mentioned 🙂

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    1. I agree with you Stig. I too have stopped celebrating all Holidays, with the exception of sharing a meal with a neighbor, friend(s) or family. I think what you stated is true, that people are trying to fill a void in their lives with “stuff” instead of having a personal relationship with Jesus.

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    2. Stig,
      That’s a great comment about attempting to fill up spiritual emptiness with “glitz and glory.” Truly, the Bible is our need and Bible stories/ Scriptures for the children and youth, too!

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  4. Daily Devotional — 12/15/16

    The Great Invitation

    “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21, NIV)

    We have been invited into this fellowship of love. This is why Jesus says, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20, NIV) In the Bible, a person’s name generally stands for his or her character and identity. To gather in Jesus’ name means to relate to other people with the same spirit of servanthood, submission, and delight that characterizes Jesus in the Trinity. Whenever that happens, Jesus says, he can’t just stand idly by. He is always a part of it, basking in it, cheering it on. A community of loving people is God’s signature. This is why the experience of authentic community is so lifegiving. We are taking our place in fellowship with Life himself. When I am in isolation, I feel lonely. When I am in community, I experience what might be called “fullness of heart.” The human heart is forever empty if it is closed in upon itself. In community—the divine community especially—a heart comes alive. To experience community is to know the joy of belonging, the delight at being known and loved, the opportunity for giving and growing, and the safety of finding a true home.

    We were not made for loneliness; we were made for this joy. When Jesus prays for us to be invited into the divine circle, it is not a casual request. There is an enormous price to be paid for our admittance. The Son will go to the cross. The Father—who had known nothing from all eternity but perfect intimacy with his Son—will now see his Beloved suffer the anguish and alienation of sin. The Spirit will come to earth and allow himself to be quenched and grieved by human beings. At enormous cost to every member of the Trinity, you and I have been welcomed to the eternal circle, to be held in the heart of Father, Son, Spirit.

    The apostle Paul says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit.” Paul doesn’t say create unity. This is not a human project. This oneness existed long before us. Paul uses a rare verb of intense urgency. In light of the beauty of community and the staggering cost the Trinity paid to invite us into it, Paul says, human beings dare not take it lightly. The doctrine of the Trinity is honored when the oneness that characterizes it—the “unity of the Spirit”—is prized and guarded and revered by the one true church. There is a line from the musical Les Miserables that gets very close to what John wrote: “To love another person is to see the face of God.” You now are invited to take your place in the eternal circle of selfgiving love. Every person you see, every moment of your life, is an opportunity to live in and extend the Fellowship of the Trinity. We have scores of opportunities each day. This is what each “human moment” can be about. Every time you forgive someone who hurt you, encourage someone who feels defeated, extend compassion to someone who stands alone, confront someone in love, open your heart to a friend, reconcile with an enemy, devote time to a child, you align yourself with God’s central purpose in this world. To live in and contribute to God’s dream of community is the reason you were born. It is what you were created for. Neglect this, and you will die a failure. Devote yourself to this one task, to loving “as-is people,” and no matter what else you may not achieve, you will lead a magnificent life.

    © 2014 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Visit JohnOrtberg.com for more about John Ortberg’s work and ministry.

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  5. Daily Devotional — 12/16/16

    From Mourning to Morning
    Lamentations 3:19–33

    Recommended Reading: Psalm 30:1–12; Luke 24:1–8; Romans 8:18–39

    People around the world watched in horror as the video from the attacks of September 11, 2001, played again and again on cable and network news channels. But to those of us who lived in the United States, and particularly in New York City, the reality of these terrorist acts shook us to the core. Never before had a terrorist strike hit so close to home or disrupted so many American lives.

    Now imagine a more widespread terrorist attack that painfully and more permanently alters your daily life. This attack destroys federal, state and local government buildings in your community. Somehow, the terrorists seriously damage local utilities, phone lines, cell phone networks and banking services. They murder many government and church leaders. Still worse, the attackers raze your home, rob you of all your possessions and kill your family members. You have no one left.

    Welcome to Jerusalem in 586 BC, following the invasion by the Babylonian army.

    Of course, we hope we never experience devastation this severe. However, all of us have tasted disappointment, loss, abandonment or the death of a loved one. And during those times we often feel that we’ve lost everything. Where do we turn when we can no longer feel in control of our surroundings? When we can’t fix our problems? When hope seems lost?

    Through the prophet Jeremiah God reassured Judah of his great love. God’s care for us is greater than any of our current circumstances. He knows our pain and hears our cries. And his mercy and compassion are never far behind. If Jeremiah could attest to this fact even after the violent struggles of his life, then each of us can too.

    Because of God’s great love we always have hope! We endure difficult struggles not because of our own determination and resolve but because of God’s great love. His love can overcome our darkest fear, greatest loss and deepest sorrow. And for every long, dark night of the soul, a new morning ascends on the horizon, bringing a new day. These words aren’t empty. They’re life-giving promises from God that all of us need during our darkest moments.

    This sinful and disappointing world can’t guarantee health, wealth and success. But we do have the promise of God’s power and love. When we feel hopeless, we can submit to God’s will, wait quietly for his deliverance and rest in the promise that his love will carry us through.

    To Take Away
    Think back to a time when you felt hopeless. From God’s perspective, were you really in a hopeless situation? Why or why not?
    What would you do differently if you were to face a similar situation again?
    What are some practical ways you can remember God’s promises during difficult times in life?

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