Peace and Christmas

Once upon a time in the land of Egypt, the Israelites were commanded by God to kill a lamb and  eat in a hurry with their stomach belted, their shoes on for the Lord will kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast.  The blood of the lamb, the Israelites  will smear  on the door of their houses, and the plague will pass over them. They were made to hurry because they will leave Egypt to go to the promise land.

And it happened that in the midst of chaos and  death among the first-born both man and beast in Egypt, the first-born of the  Israelites were spared.  This is PEACE  in the truest sense of the word. If peace is equivalent to Christmas, there was already a celebration of Christmas during the time of Israelites.

The Legend of December 25 as the birth of Jesus Christ

 Once upon a time, Caesar Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire sent out a decree that the world should be taxed.  Joseph of Nazareth   and Mary who was in her late pregnancy set out  from  Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem and register for tax purposes. (I am confused why the Americans complain when they are taxed by the IRS)  To make the long story short, Mary delivered Jesus in a manger, for the inns or hotels  as we call it now-a-days, were full.

 Mary delivered Jesus in a manger when the shepherds  were out in the field tending  their flocks  in the middle of the night. This may suggest spring  lambing season,  while in the cold month of December the sheep might have been corralled.  How did December 25 associated with the birth of Jesus Christ?

If you read the whole bible, there is no mention of the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in contrast to very detailed information about His death. The writing of  the apostles Paul and Mark make  no mention of Jesus’ birth. The gospels of Matthew and Luke provide information about the birth of  Jesus Christ but there was no mention of the date.

The earliest mention of December 25 as Jesus’ birthday comes from a mid-fourth-century Roman almanac that lists the death dates of various Christian bishops and martyrs. The first date listed, December 25, is marked: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae: “Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea.”

So, almost 300 years after Jesus was born, we finally find people observing his birth in midwinter. But how had they settled on the dates December 25 and January 6?

There are two theories today: one extremely popular, the other less often heard outside scholarly circles (though far more ancient).4

The most loudly touted theory about the origins of the Christmas date(s) is that it was borrowed from pagan celebrations. The Romans had their mid-winter Saturnalia festival in late December; barbarian peoples of northern and western Europe kept holidays at similar times. To top it off, in 274 C.E., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast of the birth of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun), on December 25. Christmas, the argument goes, is really a spin-off from these pagan solar festivals. According to this theory, early Christians deliberately chose these dates to encourage the spread of Christmas and Christianity throughout the Roman world: If Christmas looked like a pagan holiday, more pagans would be open to both the holiday and the God whose birth it celebrated.”

In the old times, peace reign among the Israelites by the blood of the lamb. Today Peace reign among the people of God  not only on December 25 as popularized by the Catholic Church but by the blood of His begotten Son, Jesus Christ.


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