Sunday, December 25, 2011

Trivia About Jesus Christ: Happy Holidays

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It is believed that the birth date of Jesus is December 25 but it is not considered to be an important issue among mainstream of Christian denominations; rather, it is about celebrating the coming of God into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity which is considered to be the primary meaning of Christmas.

Some trivia about the birth date of Jesus Christ and some interesting events happened after he was born. What we read from the Holy Bible and from Encyclopedias about His birth date are merely estimated dates of birth. An event that happened during that period will answer why - almost two weeks after Jesus Christ was born, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to a certain place for the child circumcision.

Before the circumcision was initiated, Joseph and Mary were asked about the name of the child - it was Joseph who replied, "Jesus." And then the circumcision followed by using a very sharp knife because at that time there was no scissors yet and no anesthesia. And Jesus had cried vehemently of great pains. After the circumcision was done, the couple left the place and headed to Bethlehem, Judea’s census section to register Jesus. However, Joseph and Mary immediately left the place and went home when they spotted that some soldiers sent by King Herod - instructing the census people to include the names of all children, their parents and date of births of all children born during that certain period. This will answer why there was no record about Jesus Christ's birth date.

Who advised Joseph and Mary to go to Egypt? In Mathew 13 - an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

But in other source, it was the three magi who warned Joseph and Mary to leave the place immediately and go to Egypt. The event went like this: When Joseph and Mary got home; the three magi were waiting for them inside the house. When they saw the child, they bowed and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures gifts of Gold, Incense and Myrrh and presented them to the couple for the child. Then before they left the place - the three magi warned Joseph and Mary to leave the place immediately and go to Egypt to avoid from King Herod's wrath.

What pushed King Herod to kill all the children of Bethlehem who were two year old and under in accordance with the time he had learned from the three magi? There are reasons to explain about the event such as:

The three magi have failed to report to King Herod about the child and the place where Jesus was born. The three magi returned to their country by another route. King Herod believed that his power as the King for Jerusalem is forever. He did not want that a child would replace him as the new king so, he ordered his soldiers to kill all the innocents children to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth has been announced to him by the Magi. Now Christians are also commemorating the Innocents Day in different dates December 27, 28 and 29 every year.

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