MUSINGS OF AN “OLDER” MAN. Nr.165. Extra Christmas edition.

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Was Jesus born on Dec.25? Certainly not. Then when was He born, can we know? Please read, very interesting and very beautiful.

Luke 2:8, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” December in Israel is also winter and can be cold. Sheep en shepherds would not be out then. They do go out sometimes by the end of February, but certainly during March and April, the Hebrew month called Nisan. Why were they watching their flocks at night? Because it was the time of the year, Spring time, that the lambs were born. Lambs are not born during the whole year, only at that time. The lambs born by Bethlehem were special because they were used for the temple sacrifices. And therefore, those shepherds who were actually priests were carefully watching for the birth of those lambs. Jesus, God’s Lamb was born in Bethlehem, as the sacrificial lamb. Isn’t wonderful, that Jesus was born and the first people to see Him were shepherds? So Jesus was born in the Hebrew month Nisan, our March/April period.

Can we narrow it down? Yes, but space does not allow me to go into detailed explanations, suffice to say that one is able to figure out a time by looking at the stars, of which there was something special in the year 6 BC, which caused the magi to travel to Israel. It is also possible to figure out the time by starting with the ministry in the temple of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. And there are other clues. There is an early church writing in the Vatican archives, with a statement that Jesus was born in the month Nisan, but this is censored.

There are many “pictures” of Jesus in the O.T., the most perfect one is the Tabernacle, God dwelling among us. John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus “tabernacled” among us. The tabernacle was built in nine months. How long was Jesus in Mary’s womb? Nine months. When was the tabernacle finished? On the first of Nisan when God instituted that date as the beginning of the year. Nisan means beginning, or a new begin. When was Jesus born? I believe on the first of Nisan, 6 BC., there was a new begin, even the calendar changed from BC to AD.

When we allow Jesus to be born in us, which the Bible calls “being born again”, there is a new begin, “old things have passed away, all things have become new.” Do you know and have you experienced what I am talking about? The date of His birth is not really that important, but whether He has come into our hearts, is very much so…………………..! (Go to Musings).

 

 

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