Written by Jesse Spurlock and published in The Oklahoma Baptist December 2015
We will celebrate the birth of our Savior this year, Friday December 25. I was surprised a couple of years ago when Pope Benedict declared in a book that we don't celebrate the correct year of Jesus' birth. I thought everyone knew that!
The Pope has determined Jesus was probably born a couple of years before the traditional date. From the outcry, you would've though that this was a new revelation.
I don't know when I first heard that the year of Jesus' birth was off by about four years. Supposedly Usher made a mistake when he calculated Jesus' birth, but even after the "error" was discovered, people disregarded that finding and continued the traditional dates.
Also, there's good evidence that Christ was not born in December, but more likely in the Spring of the year. But as far as most Christians are concerned, December 25 is the date of Christ's birth, regardless of what the Pope says.
Benedict may be the Pope, but I suspect we will be celebrating December 25 as Christ's birthday as long as there are Christians here.
Personally, I don't know that it makes a whole lot of difference WHEN we celebrate the birth of Christ, as long as we celebrate the fact he was born.
The only thing I really know about it is that Jesus was born at exactly the time God intended and for the exact purpose God intended.
Galatians 4:4 states that, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
The Bible does give a lot of prophecies about the birth of Christ and His life, but nothing about the year He was born.
A weatherman once boasted, I'm right 90 percent of the time - 10 percent of the time. That's a humorous but ridiculous statement, but unfortunately some people resort to that type of double-talk to cover up a poor record in life.
The Bible's prophetic record, as opposed to the weatherman, is truly accurate. The Bible declares:
The Lord Jesus Christ was born in the city of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), at a time specified (Daniel 9:25). Infants in Bethlehem were massacred as prophesied (Jeremiah 31:15). Jesus went down into Egypt and returned (Hosea 11:1). Isaiah foretold Christ's ministry in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2). Zechariah predicted His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a colt (Zechariah 9:9) and His betrayal for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12-13).
David had never seen a Roman crucifixion, yet in Psalm 22, under divine inspiration, he penned a graphic portrayal of Jesus' death.
Isaiah 53 gives a detailed picture of our Lord's rejection, mistreatment, death and burial. These few prophecies (and there are many more) should impress us with the reliability of the Bible and the reality of Jesus as the Messiah and our Savior.
Since these predictions have all been fulfilled, let us also accept with confidence what the Bible says about the future. Jesus was born exactly as we are told He would be. He also lived a sinless perfect life, as we were told He would. He died on the cross for our sins, exactly as we are told He did.
Truly, Jesus is the reason for the season.