Category Archives: J) First Christmas Celebration

1) When was Christmas first celebrated?

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When was Christmas first celebrated?

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The angels and the shepherds were the first ones celebrating Christmas (nativity of Christ), as being told in Luke 2: 13-14, 20.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 13-14)

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 20)

They were celebrating first Christmas  on December 25, 5 BC Julian Calendar.


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2) When was Christmas first celebrated on the 25th of December?

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When was Christmas first celebrated on the 25th of December?

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Christmas, first celebrated on the 25th of December, was in 5 BC Julian Calendar.

Biblical and historical hints include:

  1. Herod the Great reign (37 BC – 4 BC)
  2. After Emperor August issuing census (8 BC – ….)
  3. Quirinius hegemonized Syria and completed the census in the province (5 SM – 4 SM)
  4. Corrected Dionysius Exiguus calculation (5 BC)
Year of Jesus birth according to Bible and history
The year of Jesus birth according to Bible and history

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3) Where in the Bible does it say to celebrate Christmas?

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Where in the Bible does it say to celebrate Christmas?

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  1. Following example of the angels (Luke 2: 13-14).

    And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 13-14)

  2. Following example of the shepherds (Luke 2: 20).

    And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 20)

  3. Following advice to remember Jesus of David lineage  (2 Timothy 2: 8)

    Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel (2 Timothy 2: 8)

Christmas celebration 2014 in Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestine, which was officially held by Bethlehem municipality.
Christmas celebration 2014 in Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestine, which was officially held by Bethlehem municipality.

 

4) Did Jesus celebrate Christmas? Why?

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Did Jesus celebrate Christmas?  Why?

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No, because he was the object of Christmas celebration, as  exemplified by the angels (Luke 2: 13-14) and the shepherds (Luke 2: 20).

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 13-14)

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 20)

 Angels are God messengers, they convey divine message from God. The angels set an example of celebrating Christmas for human. Then, their example of celebrating Jesus birth, Christmas, was a divine message from God. Consequently, following their example, i.e. celebrating Christmas, follows God’s instruction.


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5) What is biblical ground for Jesus’ birth celebration on December 25?

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What is biblical ground for Jesus’ birth celebration on December 25?

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A. Biblical ground for Jesus’ birth on December 25.
  • Ezra 7: 8-10
  • Luke 1: 10-11
  • Luke 1:13
  • Luke 1: 26-27, 36
  • Luke 1: 39
  • Luke 1: 56
  • Matthew 1: 19-20
  • Luke 2: 6
  • Matthew 2: 11
  • Luke 2: 21
  • Luke 2: 22
  • Matthew 2: 13-15
  • Matthew 2: 13-15
  • Luke 2:39
  • Matthew 2: 15, 19-23

Explanation in a chronological order, please consult “Chronological history of Christmas on December 25“.

B. Biblical ground for Jesus’ birth celebration

  • Luke 2: 13-14
  • Luke 2: 20
  • 2 Timothy 2: 8

Explanation in a chronological order, please consult “Biblical argument for Jesus’ birth celebration“.


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6) Should we celebrate Christmas according to Bible? Yes

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Should we celebrate Christmas according to Bible?

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Simply follow the angels and the shepherds in welcoming Jesus birth.

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2: 13-14)

Further, 2 Timothy 2: 8 implies 2 events should be remember:

  1. Jesus was risen from the dead. (:arrow: Passover)
  2. Jesus came from David’s family line. (:arrow: Christ mass)

Remember Jesus Christ. He came from David’s family line. He was raised from the dead. That is my good news.(2 Timothy 2: 8)

Following these verses results in celebrating or observing Christ mass, i.e., a mass of Christ.

 

7) Why is Christmas celebrated on the 25th of December?

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Why is Christmas celebrated on the 25th of December?

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Because Jesus was born on 25th of December. Look at the chronology below taken from Bible.

  • 15th day of Tishri 3756 Hebrew Calendar
  • 26th day of September 6 BC Julian Calendar
Gabriel visited Zachariah in Succoth (Luke 1: 10-11), the day in which a whole nation gathered within and without Jerusalem Temple.

9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people (λαος = nation) were praying without at the time of incense. (Luke 1: 10-11)

  • 16th day of Tishri 3756 evening Hebrew Calendar
  • 26th day of September 6 BC Julian Calendar
Zacharia departed to his house in Hebron as soon as the days of ministration were accomplished, implying he did not spend the night in Jerusalem (Luke 1:23). He eagerly convey the good news to his wife.

And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. (Luke 1:23)

  • 16th day of Tishri 3756 morning Hebrew Calendar
  • 27th day of September 6 BC Julian Calendar
  1. Zacharia arrived at his house.
  2. Considering Jerusalem-Hebron distance and traveling time in the old time on foot over night without sleep, his old age, and a full day of service in the temple, he was exhausted.
  3. He took a rest along the rest of the day. Then, the fertilization did not happen in this day but the next day, i.e….
  • 17th day of Tishri 3756 Hebrew Calendar
  • 28th day of September 6 BC Julian Calendar
Elizabeth got pregnant.
  • 17th day of Nisan 3756 Hebrew Calendar
  • 25th day of March 5 BC
  1. Gabriel visited Mary.
  2. Mary got pregnant. (Luke 1: 26-27, 36)
  • 25th day of Tevet 3756 Hebrew Calendar
  • 25th day of December 5 BC Julian Calendar
Jesus born in Bethlehem (Luke 2: 6, 11, Matthew 1:25)

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered (επλησθησαν αι ημεραι => give birth full-term infant). (Luke 2:6)

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:25)

Christmas on December 25 originated in Bible.


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