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Was Christ Really a Winter Baby?

Many honest and faithful believers often ask, How could anyone say that it is wrong for Christians who love their blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to celebrate the glorious birth of their Master?

All Bible students agree that Jesus (the source of light and truth) spent His whole life seeking to uphold truth, and truth alone. He Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6. Certainly, if it was the Saviour's will that His birthday be upheld by His followers from generation to generation, He would have indicated this somehow. However, He did not do so. In fact Jesus Christ never gave the slightest impression that He wanted His true followers to recognize and celebrate, as His birthday, a day that finds its basis and origin in the darkness and errors of paganism.

Actually, there is nowhere in the sacred scriptures that Christ declared or indicated to His followers that He wanted them to celebrate His birthday at all. The truth of the matter is, no one knows for certain the exact day of Christ's birth, and it is the belief of many true Bible-believing Christians that God deliberately left this date unknown to man for many, many reasons. One reason is that He knew it would be treated as a time for excessive feasting, frolicking, commercialism, and worldly display (things that Christ Himself shunned and taught His disciples to avoid). Over the years these very things have marked the celebration of Christmas, and we still see the very same kind of revelry today.

Contrary to the popular belief, Jesus Christ could not have been born during the winter season. The gospel-writer Luke wrote about events surrounding Christ's birth:

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." Luke 2:8.

Many tourists who visit the Middle East during the winter months are usually unprepared for the cold weather they often encounter. Today, as in ancient times, Jerusalem is a cold place during the winter season. Hence Jeremiah the prophet speaks about "the snow of Lebanon" (Jer. 18:14), and Jesus warned His followers in Judea, "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day." Matt. 24:20.

Surely, Christ's birthday could not be on December 25 or on any day during the month of December whatsoever. One does not have to be a born genius to conclude that shepherds, in their right senses, would not be found outside with their flocks on a cold winter night. The truth of the matter is, it has long been a practice among the shepherds of Judea to secure their flocks by removing them from the fields no later than around the end of October.



 
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