Sunday Bun by L. A. Marzulli

Isaiah 9:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

There are some of you who will read this and say something like this: L. A., Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday, but here’s where I’m coming from. Look at the prophecy written thousands of years ago by the prophet Isaiah. The words herald the coming Messiah, the Anointed One, the King, and Christians all over the world celebrate his coming into the world on December 25th.

One point I think most of us will agree on is this, Jesus, fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah almost 2 thousand years ago. For our Israeli/Jewish friends who may visit this BLOG, I will point out that it’s not a matter of conversion, to Christianity, it’s a matter of accepting the one who was sent, the Messiah. I believe you are not called to convert to Christianity, as you are Jewish, but only to accept your Messiah, Yashua. At the day of Pentecost when the apostles received the Holy Spirit, Peter preached and the church was born, most of these were Jewd who accepted Yashua/Jesus as the Messiah.

Jesus the God-man became a little lower than the angels and dwelt among us. His own did not recognize Him, and later as Isaiah states in the 53 chapter, He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows.

Yashua/Jesus paid the price for every sin past, present. and future when he willingly gave His life on Calvary. His shed blood is what redeems us and makes us righteous before a Holy God.

The Prince of the world has created much of what we see around us then, in Jesus time, and in ours, now. The heart of man is desperately wicked…. Think about the atrocities that spilled the blood of countless people over the centuries. Satan, The Fallen Cherub is still in control of this planet, even though he was defeated once and for all at the cross he still wages a campaign of death and destruction. As Paul tells us; For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

In short, we all wait for the coming of the King.

For those of us who are born-again believers in the Messiah, we can agree that He did come into this world. We may disagree to the date and some may choose to celebrate it or not. Christmas has in some ways become commercialized, but for me and my household it is a time in which we acknowledge the savior of the world.

In closing todays post: Here’s an article by my friend Cris Putnam.

Blessings to all and Merry Christmas!

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Christmas on December 25th is not from Paganism!

If you frequent social media, then you’ve probably been inundated with smarty pants pseudo scholars calling Christmas a “pagan holiday.” These under-informed accusers believe they have the goods with bold claims like Christmas trees are forbidden in Jeremiah 10 (a passage about the manufacture of Canaanite idols) and that the date of December 25th was adopted from the pagan holiday of Saturnalia (actually December 17th).

The best way to respond to these claims is to ask them what evidence they have (from source documents). Most of the time this question will cause them to change the subject or elicit the chirping of crickets. The truth is most of the claims are dubious and have no actual evidence. Even if there were other holidays on the same date, it does not mean that they were even aware of each other. Correlation does not necessarily imply causation. The leaps in logic are prohibitive and there is no source claiming the Christians appropriated pagan days until the 12th century!

In the real world. reputable ancient source documents lay waste to the popular pagan origins theory concerning December 25. Biblical Archaeology Review is a serious journal respected by real biblical scholars. The article How December 25 Became Christmas provides ample evidence debunking the pagan origins myth, showing how it actually began, and even demonstrating how 12-5 was decided to be the date of Jesus’s birth. This dates back to the second century ( I challenge pagan theorists to antedate it).

Around 200 C.E. Tertullian of Carthage reported the calculation that the 14th of Nisan (the day of the crucifixion according to the Gospel of John) in the year Jesus diedc was equivalent to March 25 in the Roman (solar) calendar. March 25 is, of course, nine months before December 25; it was later recognized as the Feast of the Annunciation—the commemoration of Jesus’ conception. Thus, Jesus was believed to have been conceived and crucified on the same day of the year. Exactly nine months later, Jesus was born, on December 25.[1]

Of course, I am a nerd with Logos Bible Software and a searchable database of ancient documents including Tertullian. I verified the claim from the original source documents, Tertullian wrote:

And the suffering of this “extermination” was perfected within the times of the lxx hebdomads, under Tiberius Cæsar, in the consulate of Rubellius Geminus and Fufius Geminus, in the month of March, at the times of the passover, on the eighth day before the calends of April (March 25)[2]

The belief was that he died on the same day he was conceived. They believed the conception was on March 25 which became the Feast of the Annunciation, commemorating the angel’s appearance to Mary: “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth” (Luke 1:26 ) This idea appears in an anonymous Christian treatise titled On Solstices and Equinoxes from fourth-century North Africa:

“Therefore our Lord was conceived on the eighth of the kalends of April in the month of March [March 25], which is the day of the passion of the Lord and of his conception. For on that day he was conceived on the same he suffered.” [3]

The rationale was innocent enough, just add nine months to date of conception to determine when He was born and it lands on December 25th. It’s that simple. Paganism had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Note: Due to so may folks missing the point, I do not think Jesus was born on Dec 25th; the point of this post is that the early church did not chose the date based on a pagan holiday but rather when they assumed he was conceived (mistaken or not).

[1]Andrew McGowan, “How December 25th Became Christmas ” Biblical Archeology Review, 08/12/2014

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/#location1

[2] Tertullian, “An Answer to the Jews,” in Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe, trans. S. Thelwall, vol. 3, The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 160.

[3] De solstitia et aequinoctia conceptionis et nativitatis domini nostri iesu christi et iohannis baptista as cited by Andrew McGowan, “How December 25th Became Christmas ” Biblical Archeology Review, 08/12/2014

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/#note11

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