Keeping it Real through the Holidays-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to the “Keeping it Real Through the Holidays” series. This series is uncovering some of the most common misconceptions of the season, so if this is your first time, be sure and visit the archives for previous blogs so you can get brought up to today. Grab your coffee and come on in.

So I think we left off with the magi, or kings or wise men, but we’ve discovered that “three” is just an assumption based on the three costly gifts presented, but here’s another misconception; that they visited Jesus when he was still lying in the manger. Isn’t that what we always see in the movies, plays, on greeting cards? In fact, the magi didn’t arrive until sometime after Christ’s presentation in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Another HUGE misconception is that Jesus was born in the month of December. Although it’s not completely impossible, it is unlikely. The Bible doesn’t actually specify a date or a month, but let me share why I’m now thinking that December is the least likely month of his birth.

One reason is that it would be highly unusual for shepherds to be “abiding in the field” at this cold time of year when the fields were unproductive. The normal practice was to keep the flocks in the fields from spring to autumn.

Another reason is that it would be incredibly difficult for Mary to travel in the freezing weather the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem, which is 70 miles. The more probable time that this sort of travel was commonly done is September, which is the time of the annual Feast of Tabernacles. Stay with me here, because this is actually quite exciting.

So if that’s the case, if He were born in September, could it be that His conception took place in late December? Could it be that when we celebrate Christ’s birth at what we call Christmas – Christ sent – we are actually celebrating His miraculous conception?

Did you know that December is the darkest time of the year? It is also the time of the pagan Saturnalia, and the time when the sun, the physical light of the world, is at its greatest distance from the Holy Land – Now, I’m no scientist. In fact, I never really liked science, but I find this quite fascinating, so follow me. If this were the case, wouldn’t the darkest time sure be the best time for God to send the spiritual light of the world into the world as the Savior?

Now that’s something worth pondering. Whatever you’re doing to prepare for this special season, keep it real and try to keep it stress free. After all, if Christ is to be a part of this season, then stress cannot abide!

Talk with you tomorrow.

Evinda

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