April 9, 2016: The Real Christmas
Yeshua’s Real Birthday
According to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Jesus (Yeshua ha Mashiach) was not born on December 25th. That day was picked many years later by what has become the Roman Catholic Church for several reasons. One was to coincide with the Roman holiday Saturnalia, usually a celebration known for its wild debaucheries. It was directly following the winter solstice (usually December 21st or 22nd), the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. From the summer solstice in June to the winter solstice, the days – the amount of sunlight – get shorter and shorter. After the winter solstice, the days start to get longer. They celebrated “the Rebirth of the Sun,” which became Christianized as “the Birth of the Son.” Another reason was the idea in the early church that superstitiously believed that martyrs died on the day they were conceived in their mother’s womb. Since Jesus died around the spring equinox, the time of Passover on the Jewish calendar, He must have died in late March – like March 25th, perhaps? I think that story was invented to justify celebrating the birth of the Messiah at the time of Saturnalia, but… it doesn’t matter: Christmas was designated as December 25th.
But why is that wrong? Well, for starters, no shepherds would be out in their fields at night in late December. They typically did not (do not) keep their sheep out at night. There is only one reason (usually) to keep their sheep out at night: when the ewes are birthing. Ewes usually give birth at only one time of year – the spring. Here are the instructions Yahweh gave to His People, Israel, on the first Passover:
Exodus 12: The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
The Passover lamb was supposed to be a year old male, born the year before in the spring. So Jesus, the ultimate Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God, was born at the same time that all Passover lambs were born: in the spring. All Passover lambs were considered to be born on the single day: the beginning of the religious Jewish year, the 1st of Nisan. So – it seems quite reasonable to believe Jesus, the Son of God who would be the Lamb of God, was born on the exact day that all other Passover Lambs were considered to be born – the 1st of Nisan.
This year, the 1st of Nisan corresponds with April 9th on our Gregorian calendar. A round of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” would certainly not be inappropriate this Saturday!