We live in a cynical age in which only one prejudice is tolerated–anti-Christian bigotry. Yet despite the unbridled slanders and attacks against the faith, one powerful truth is undeniable: if Christ had never been born , nearly every facet of human life would be much more miserable than it is today.
The Messiah is a single person, who singularly worked out the Atonement, which, owing to the time and place that it happened , included crucifixion (but was much more than just the crucifixion ). Had Jesus failed, the Plan would fail, God would cease to be god, and all creation would cease to be.
Using these methods, most scholars assume a date of birth between 6 and 4 BC, and that Jesus’ preaching began around AD 27–29 and lasted one to three years . They calculate the death of Jesus as having taken place between AD 30 and 36.
Firstly, the actual birth day of Jesus was not December 25 . The date we celebrate was adopted by the Christian church as the birthday of Christ in the fourth century. Prior to this period, different Christians celebrated Christmas on different dates.
In Better Never to Have Been : The Harm of Coming into Existence, Benatar quotes the Greek tragedian Sophocles (“ Never to have been born is best / But if we must see the light, the next best / Is quickly returning whence we came”) and the text of Ecclesiastes (“So I have praised the dead that are already dead more than
Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name ‘ Christmas ‘ comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.
By his death , which is indeed the one and most true sacrifice offered for us, he purged, abolished and extinguished whatever guilt there was by which the principalities and powers lawfully detained us to pay the penalty. He offered sacrifice for our sins .
Jesus did not come the first time to set up an earthly kingdom. When Jesus was on trial before Pilate, Pilate asked Jesus “are you a king?” It is obvious that Pilate had in mind an earthly king who would rule over an earthly kingdom.
The Bible tells us that Jesus died and rose again not only so that we could receive forgiveness, but even more so, He died and rose again so that we might have life. It is through His death and resurrection that we receive life. He died and rose again that we might live for Him – that’s loving service.
The date of birth of Jesus is not stated in the gospels or in any historical reference, but most theologians assume a year of birth between 6 and 4 BC.
Summary of Jesus’ life He was born to Joseph and Mary sometime between 6 bce and shortly before the death of Herod the Great (Matthew 2; Luke 1:5) in 4 bce. According to Matthew and Luke, however, Joseph was only legally his father.
They reached Egypt after a 65 kilometers journey where they lived for three years until after the death of Herod in 4 B.C. when Joseph had a dream that it is safe to return to Israel. The family traveled to Nazareth which took them a journey of at least 170 kilometers.
Jesus’ name in Hebrew was “ Yeshua ” which translates to English as Joshua .
|Born||c. 4 BC Kingdom of Judea, Roman Empire|
|Died||AD 30 or 33 (aged 33–36) Jerusalem, Judea, Roman Empire|
|Cause of death||Crucifixion|
He felt that people had forgotten the meaning of Christmas and wanted a visual reminder for people of the importance of Jesus birth . The stable reminds us that Jesus came into the world with nothing. The shepherds represent us – the people that Jesus came to serve.