Tuesday, December 25, 2018
By Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President
December 25 has nothing to do with the birth of Christ
For the first three hundred years of the Christian church
the birth of Jesus Christ was not celebrated. What was revered by early
Christians was the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, prior
to the fourth century time of Emperor Constantine it is hard to find a credible
reference to December 25 as Christ’s birth date in the Church record. The birth
date of Christ is more than likely associated with the Roman holiday of Saturnalia,
which was celebrated with a pagan sacrifice to Saturn and a public banquet,
followed by gift-giving and a carnival-like atmosphere (Messianic rabbi reveals Christ's birth date).
The Roman Catholic church and the Roman Emperor
The Roman Catholic church, and the Roman Emperor Constantine
is the reason the Western world celebrates the birthday of the Lord Jesus
Christ on December 25. Part of Constantine’s plan to keep and strengthen the
Roman empire was to have only one state religion. At the time, there were
several pagan religions being practiced in Rome and the Persian god of light
Mithra was worshiped by Constantine. Original Christianity could not be
stamped out by Constantine, so he sought to merge all the religions of the
empire into one, so all the people would have to accept it.
The Pilgrims and Christmas.
In the Word of God, the Bible the word Christmas cannot be
found. The Pilgrims thought that it was sacrilegious that the early Catholic
Church had decided to place Christmas and Easter on the very same dates as
already popular Roman pagan holidays (Why The Pilgrims Declared War on Christmas).
And not long after the Protestant Reformation began the Pilgrims came to
America on the Mayflower.
These 'Protestants' were looked on as rebels and heretics
by the all-powerful Catholic Church resulting in much persecution and
bloodletting. Catholics enthusiastically embraced Christmas and Easter and consequently
the Pilgrims wanted little to do with most anything that had even a hint of
Also, the Pilgrims known as Separatists were trying to
separate themselves from the Church of England, which also loved the Christmas
and Easter holidays. And in 1659, Massachusetts' ruling Puritans actually banned
Christmas. And for more than two decades it stayed illegal.
December 25 is the least likely day for the
birth of Jesus Christ.
In Luke 2:8 it says shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night. This verse indicates that December would be
the least likely time for the birth of Jesus Christ. The weather would be too
cold and rainy at this time of year for shepherds to be out in the fields.
Furthermore, since it requires families to travel back to the father’s home
town in the case of Joseph, Bethlehem, to register, the Romans would not have
held their census during the winter.
Spring in Israel is the most likely option
for the birth of Jesus Christ which has been known as the “lambing” season. For
example, the gospels describe that the shepherds watched their flocks by night
in the lambing season. Shepherds were out watching for lambs to be born in the
fields in late March and into April. The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ was found by
the shepherds out looking for lambs to be born (Messianic rabbi reveals Christ's birth date).
Nisan 1, the historical first day on the Hebrew calendar is
a holy day in spring. And on the Gregorian calendar it falls in early April. In
the proper order starting with Nisan 1 for Christ’s birth, the Jewish holy days
are fulfilled by the birth, death, resurrection, and second coming. Jesus the
Messiah fulfills the feasts and the theme of the feast. Nisan 1 represents a
new beginning, and this would fulfill the theme of the Messiah’s birth.
All of the true Biblical history was lost to the Western
believers in Jesus Christ when the early Christian church changed from being
Jerusalem-centric to Roman-centric. And to an existing Roman holiday
Saturnalia December 25 Christ birth was linked as well as it was linked to the
Roman New Year on January 1 just one week later (Messianic rabbi reveals Christ's birth date).
Ancient Biblical interpretations by Jewish rabbis are found
in the Talmud. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all were born and died during the
month of Nisan according to Talmudic teachings. And in particular a type of
the coming Messiah was Isaac. Modern Judaism has forgotten that that God told
Moses and Aaron that Nisan will be the first month. In Exodus 12:1-2 it is written “And
the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, This
month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of
the year to you.” In the Torah the month of Nisan is reserved for the title “First
of the Months” [“Rosh Hodashim” in Hebrew] (Messianic rabbi reveals Christ's birth date).
Hippolytus of Rome.
An early Christian church father who lived and taught in
the third century and martyred in 235 A.D. was Hippolytus of Rome. And among
the first that referred to December 25 as the birth of Christ are his writings.
However, springtime is still mentioned as the proper birthday in one page of Hippolytus
writings. To reflect the new December 25 date some historians have speculated
that his writings were later doctored. Furthermore, April 2 is mentioned as the
month of Christ’s birth on the statue of the Hippolytus in Rome (Messianic rabbi reveals Christ's birth date).
Christianity and Paganism.
In Exodus 20:3 (Exodus
20:3-5 ) it is written “Thou shalt have no other gods
before me. Yet like the Israelites worshipping Baal (1 Kings 18 ) many paganist customs have been introduced into Christianity over the
centuries. As a consequence of early church leaders melding Jesus' nativity
celebration with pre-existing midwinter festivals paganism has become part of
the birth of Jesus Christ (Pagan Roots? 5 Surprising Facts About Christmas).
Tragically, on television, in schools, and throughout our society
Christmas is not about the birth of Jesus Christ but about Happy Holidays,
Season Greetings, winter festivals, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer, and about pleasure and fun. Furthermore, throughout America
church sanctuaries are decorated in paganist traditions and in some church’s pastors
easily, interchange Jesus Christ and Santa. In a sermon by Dr. Peter Marshall he
had a warning for America: “If the Lord be God, then follow Him! But if Baal,
follow him…And Go to Hell! (Dr. Peter Marshall “Trial By Fire” Sermon “America Needs
Shedding of Blood needed for forgiveness.
In Hebrews 9: 22 it is concluded from Hebrews 9:20-21 (Hebrews 9:20-22) that the law
seems to require that almost everything be purged with blood; and without the
shedding of blood there is no remission─ forgiveness.
Cain was the eldest son of Adam and Eve and a farmer or
tiller of the ground. His offering of the fruits of his labor was rejected because
it represented his self – effort or good works as opposed to Ables blood
sacrifice. God had made the original sacrifice in clothing Adam and Eve’s
nakedness (Genesis 3:21 ). It can be assumed from this that Cain knew this
was the only kind of sacrifice God would accept. Blood atonement foresaw both
Israel’s sacrificial system (Leviticus 1:2-17 ) and the
sacrificial blood atonement of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:11; I Corinthians 15:3). New
Testament authors view Cain as being “of the evil one” (I John 3:12) who acted out of envy and unbelief.
Able means “keeper” and refers to his occupation as a
keeper of sheep. Firstlings of his flock refers to the fact that Abel’s
offering was accepted because it was a blood sacrifice based upon previous
knowledge. Thus, he acknowledged that his sin deserved death and could be only covered
by the death of the guiltless sacrifice. Ables lamb was a “firstling” and “fat”
may also imply that he gave the best that he had in contrast to Cain’s offering.
However, it is obvious from the entire account that Abel’s offering was made
excellent (Hebrews 11:4) because it was the
right kind of offering as well as being made with the right heart attitude.
Believers in Jesus Christ should be the happiest people in
the world because God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 ). As a result of the Christians walk in faith the unsaved world should
desire what they have. Daily, believers should profess to the unbeliever the
importance of accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and how Jesus has
changed their life. The most important gift God has given humankind is His son
The terrible and ugly scars of sin are observed when one closely
examines this world system and society. Taking away its harmony and symmetry
and beauty sin has obscenely scarred and defaced this world.
However, God has promised that heaven is the place of all
loveliness, all harmony and beauty. If one loves beautiful things, they should
stay out of hell. For hell will be the quintessence of all that is morally ugly
and obscene. In all of creation hell is the ugliest place.
In fact, the Earth lies between all that is beautiful and all
that is ugly in hell. One must consider the extreme – much that is good and
much that is bad as long as they are living here! One must hold firm to the
knowledge that the eternal Son came to save and deliver humankind to a
beautiful heaven and everlasting fellowship with God.
For very crucial reasons the son of God became the Son of
Man, Emmanuel – “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Christ could not
represent us as our sympathetic and faithful high Priest until he became the Son
of man. In our frail humanity Christ understands how we feel. Christ was abused
(Mark 15: 16 – 20), hungry (Matthew 4:2), rejected (Luke 4:28 – 30), and
was weary (John 4:6). With your heartaches, hurts,
and pains, Jesus Christ easily identifies because of His earthly ministry.
Jesus Christ could not die in our place for our sins until
He became the Son of man. Flesh and blood die but God, does not. The only way
Jesus Christ could pay the penalty of sin, which is death was by becoming flesh
and blood as He maintained His perfect divinity. While we were still sinners Jesus
Christ died for us to demonstrate God’s love towards us. (Romans 5:8). And for the forgiveness
of sins He shed His blood. (Matthew 26:28).
How the Lord Jesus Christ can save you
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
1. How many have sinned
according to this verse?
answer to the first question is “all have sinned.” This means
that everyone has sinned that has been born upon this earth. This is very
important because until one realizes that all have sinned the Lord cannot help
Romans 6:23: “For
the wages of sin is death…”
2. .What is the wages (or
payment) of sin according to this verse?
The answer to the
second question is “death.” The Bible is not talking about a physical death but a
spiritual death. One is eternally separated from God when one dies a lost
Romans 5:8: “But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us?”
3. Who died for us, according
to this verse?
The answer to the
third question is “Christ.” According to this verse Christ died for sinners. At the beginning of this same
verse one reads, “But God commendeth his love toward us…” The word ,
“commendeth” means, “to show.” This verse tells one that God showed his
love for us by giving His Son to die for our sins on the cross.
God loves us.
He loved us so much he let His son, Jesus Christ, die for our sins on the
cross. This is God's gift too us all. At this point it should be clearly
understood what Scripture is telling us:
1. All have sinned
2. Eternal separation from God
is the payment of sin.
3. For our sins Christ has
Romans 10:9: “That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
4. Who are we to confess with
our mouth according to this verse?
The answer to the
fourth question is the Lord
Jesus Christ. Confessing with one's mouth the
Lord Jesus Christ is very important. When one does this he is saying, “I
am a sinner, and if I die as a sinner I will be separated from God; however, I
believe that Jesus Christ died for me.”
One should pray the following prayer if they want to ask the Lord
Jesus Christ to save them.
Dear God, I am
confessing with my mouth that I know I am a lost sinner and that Jesus Christ
died for my sins. I am now asking Christ to come into my heart and save
me. I accept Him as my Saviour and pray this in His holy name.
If you have asked
the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, find a Bible believing church in your area
and tell the pastor of the church what you have done.