As we approach the Christmas celebration of Jesus’ birth, here’s something to ponder. Was Jesus really born on Christmas day, and if not, what amazing, if not astounding conclusion can we draw? Most scholars say no, He was not born in December. That conclusion would fit with some of the seasonal issues. Shepherds do not tend their flocks outside in December. Astronomy reveals there was not a bright star in December. Would people really be asked to make a trek to Bethlehem to pay taxes in one of the coldest and rainiest months of the year, especially when most had to walk or ride an animal? More and more scholars are feeling Jesus was born in September, specifically on the Jewish feast day of Rosh Hashana, otherwise known as the Feast of Trumpets, the same day some predict the Rapture will occur on.
No, I’m not about to say we shouldn’t celebrate December 25th. I’m not even going to tell you some of the pagan roots involved with Christmas. Nope…in fact I have some very good news. Perhaps there is not only something that happened at that time that is worthy of note, but actually something that is so awe inspiring that we should leap for joy. So, what would that be?
We know for a fact that Jesus life followed a pattern of Jewish Feast Days. Jesus died on Passover. He was buried on Unleavened Bread and He rose on First Fruits. These are all spring holidays on the Jewish calendar.
But His birth date is not so clear, yet it can logically be speculated to also be on a Jewish holiday. Rosh Hashana, also known as the Feast of Trumpets, is a holiday in the fall of the year, celebrated in September on our calendar. In the fall the shepherds would still be with their flocks, the wise men could be following a star that was evident at that point according to astronomers, and people could easily gather in Bethlehem to pay their taxes. Even calculating back from John’s birth by six months, Jesus birth could be in September.
Ok, here’s the amazing part…if Jesus was born in September that would mean He was conceived in late December. Wouldn’t it be just like God to have us celebrate the very time that Mary conceived Jesus, the Savior of the world, the Mighty Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful One, Our Lord and King! Think about it. We know life begins in the womb at conception. Could it be that God has us honoring and glorifying His only Son every December on or around the very day of His conception on earth? I don’t know about you, but for me that puts a whole new meaning and respect to the term “Pro-Life.”