I have seen on this website a few Sermons already on Christmas. I have
decided to add one that you probably wont read in to many other places.
I am about to expose some myths to this story.
Lets begin with the Prophesy of the birth of Christ.
The birth of Jesus Christ is in direct fulfillment of many Bible prophecies,
Isaiah 7:14 of the virgin birth; Gen 3:15 that he was born of the seed of woman,
Isaiah 11:1 that he would descend from the line of Jesse (king David); Micah 5:2 that
he would be born in Bethlehem; Matthew 2:18 Jeremiah 31:15 that Herod would
slaughter all the children in an attempt for the Devil to kill the Christ child. All these
prophecies were made at least 500 years before Jesus was born. They stand as an
irrefutable monument to the inspiration of the Bible and prove that God revealed
himself through his messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
That same night, angels announced to the shepherds that Christ was born and they
visited the newborn Christ at the manger (Luke 2:8-20). In this way, all shepherds,
were considered lowly, and would show a great interest in the Chief Shepherd (Jn
10:11; 1 Pet 5:4). Jesus is the "lamb ... who will be their shepherd" in Rev 7:17. It
was fitting for many reasons that God designed that shepherds be the first to hear the
gospel. All the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob etc., were shepherds. King
David was a shepherd. Jesus was the "good shepherd" (John 10:14). The office of
overseers of the local churches (1 Tim 3; Tit 1) uses two other interchangeable words
to describe the single office: Elders and Shepherds. (Acts 20:17,28; 1 Peter 5:1-2).
Jesus was Circumsized when he was eight days old Luke 2:21
Jesus was then presented in the Temple 33 days after the “days of Purification”
Which was the 40th day after Jesus was born. Leviticus 12:2-6 and
Firstly, there was Shepherds at the manger Luke 2:8-10 not wise men. By the
way the number of wise men is not outlined in the Bible, this could have been
two or twenty, The Bible outlines the three Gifts Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh
I am not saying that there wasnt three but, in saying so is beyond what is
written in Scripture.
Another glaring error in all the nativity scenes is that the wise men were
certainly not at the manger of the inn the night Jesus was born. It says that the wise
men came to Jesus' house! It seems clear that the wise men came just prior to the time
Herod issued his decree to slaughter all the children under two years. The star first
appeared to the wise men when Jesus was born, but it led the wise men to Jesus'
house. (Matthew 2:11 "And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary
Coupled with this, the very date of the Birth of the Saviour is unknown.
However, many Bible Scholars suggest that Jesus's birth may have been in the
warmer months, this being due to the fact that the Bible talks about the
Shepherds were in the field with their Flock's, now in the colder winter
Months December and January the Shepherds did not sleep out in the fields
with their Flock, rather they brough them into the corals. There is a virtual
agreement amongst Bible Scholars that December 25th was not the birth date of
Christ. This is not even the correct Month, yet we just celebrate still on this
date. Another speculative argument is that the census that Caesar Augustus
took in Luke 2:1, would not have been done during the coldest harshest
season. Such a census would require mass migration of large numbers of the
population. Unless Augustus deliberately wanted to make life difficult, he
would take such a census during the warmer months and certainly not in
December. The Bible is absolutely silent about the celebration of Christ's
birthday. The scriptures do not tell us to celebrate the birth of Christ but His
death... and not once a year at "Easter" but every Sunday through the Lord's
Supper. (Acts 20:7) In fact we should not be celebrating Easter at all we should
really be celebrating the Passover, but thats for another Sermon. Any
encyclopedia will give you the basic details of where and how the
celebration of Christmas developed. What is important is that Christ's birth
did fulfill many important prophecies. The event brought about great joy to the
world when mankind's King and Saviour, "God with us", was born into the