December 17, 2010

Some Truths About Christmas

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:00 am by Lisa Ritchey

FACT: Jesus was not born in December, but most likely in mid-October. We know this because of facts such as where the shepherds were feeding the sheep, the location of  the star, and other things as well.

•*NOTE:(added 12/21/2010) I have recently read an article found at written by Diana Stone (you can read it here).  It explains  the correlation between Jesus being conceived during Passover in the spring and His  in the birth on Christmas. I was truly amazed, and realized how wrong I may have been in the above fact. 

FACT: The “X” in Xmas is the Greek letter chi (x) and is an actual Greek initial for Christos which is translated in English to Christ.

FACT: There were more than likely many more than three wise men. We assume there were three wise men because there were three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The fact is that, because the threat of thieves was so great, there was most probably quite a few wise men, and possibly into the hundreds of men, including servants and armed men, in the caravan.

FACT: The wise men did not see Jesus in the manger. It was possibly two years later that they found Him. The Bible talks about “The Babe” in the manger, but the wise men worshiped the child in a house: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)

FACT: This is the largest buying spree most people go on all year.

FACT: So many people argue, judge, and condemn their fellow Christians over questions such as whether it is “Christian” to put up a Christmas Tree, or which traditions may be rooted in pagan rituals. The fact that we need to focus on and make sure that the world knows is this: “(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

As we go through this next few weeks, remember that it’s  not about the presents, or the turkey, the decorations, or  the parties, but that Jesus truly is the reason for the season.  Let’s act accordingly, letting Him shine through us so that those in a dark and dying world can see His love.



© Lisa Ritchey 2010


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