How Christmas Came To Be On 25 December
It is very important know Church History. it will enable one figure out How Christmas Came To Be On 25 December.
the Antichrist culture of our days and How Christmas Came To Be On 25 December
People tend to give more credence to secular speculations and street fables of the heathens. They would not give credence to sanctuary teachings and scriptural testimonies of the Church. Claims that pagan religions celebrated festivities on 25th December in Rome before the Church began Christmas is falsehood. It is based on ignorance about historical facts and the basis for the development of the Church Calendar.
The early Church believed that March 25th (Spring Equinox corresponding to Nisan or Abib Exd 13:4) was the date God created the universe. This is because through Moses (Exd 12:1-2), God specifically directed that this period should be marked as the beginning of the year to the Israelites. (Old Testament Exodus from Egyptian bondage). It happens to also be the time when Christ died and resurrected for the sins of the whole world. ( New Testament “Exodus” from sinful and satanic bondage).
Calculations For Fixing Christmas Date
Calculations by early Christian chronologists in Europe showed that Christ died on Spring Equinox. It fell on 25th March in 34 AD. Early Christians believed that Christ must have died on the same date as He was conceived. Hence making the Annunciation visit of Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38) and the Crucifixion to be 25th March.
John was conceived six months earlier. (Luke 1:26,36) It was in October during the second turn of priestly ministry of the Abijah family to which Zachariah belonged (Luke 1:5-9). .By these calculation and conviction, we can be able to trace How Christmas Came To Be On 25 December. Christ’s Nativity (Christmas) must have been nine months later i.e. 25th December. During the tax census registration shortly before the death of Herod the Great in 4 BC (Mat 2; Luke 2).
The ancient times calendar
In ancient times calendars were multiple, complex and irregularly shifting against the seasonal Equinoxes and Solstices. Initially when the Church was under persecution, some Church dioceses especially in the East commemorated only Epiphany. Manifestation of Christ’s Glory to the shepherds and the magi at His birth and to Israel at His baptism. to the Apostles at Transfiguration. That is 6th or 10th January while other dioceses (especially in Africa and the West) also commemorated Christmas without uniformity. The day of its commemoration ranged from March to April to May to November to December.
When the Church became free and began to work with uniform calendar under Pope Julius (c. 350 AD), the Churches agreed to celebrate their New Year on the Annunciation Day (25th March). this is when Christ must have taken up flesh (Incarnation ) in His mother’s womb. It meant that His birth must be 25th December.
This means that the time of the Exodus of Israel from Egyptian bondage through the slain Passover Lamb (Exd 12 and 13) corresponds to the time of Christ’s Crucifixion, Resurrection and even Incarnation. (the time of the Church’s New Exodus from the bondage of sin and Satan by the crucified Lamb of God Luke 22 and 23). Later the Church adopted the Julian Calendar of the Roman Empire because of its seasonal consistency. In the Julian Calendar, the New Year was on 1st January (instead of the Church’s usual Incarnation/Crucifixion New Year date of 25th March)
57 different feasts and games of the Rome
Notice that, although 1st Century Rome had about 57 different feasts and games in the year (i.e. average of one feast per week!); the Church did not adopt any of these feasts but adopted the secular New Year Day of the old Julian Calendar. The date of Christmas was derived from biblical and Jewish reckonings. This gives room for Easter to be made movable to always fall on a Sunday. It is worthy of note that the British Church however continued to mark December 25th Nativity as her New Year till 14th century. How Christmas Came To Be On 25 December has to do with a thorough historical study. .
speculating of December 25th
It is not any wonder that people (even Christians) tend to give more credence to secular speculations and street fables of the heathens than they would give to sanctuary teachings and scriptural testimonies of the Church.
Claims that pagan religions celebrated festivities on 25th December in Rome before the Church began Christmas is falsehood based on ignorance about (or disregard of) historical facts and the basis for the development of the Church Calendar. Others ridiculously trace origin of Christmas to Yule log and fir tree decorations.
In the 3rd and 4th century Rome, sun worship and Mithra cultism confused Christmas for a while
In the 3rd and 4th century Rome, sun worship and Mithra cultism confused Christmas for a while. it is just as In the same way end of year consumerist festivities do today. The Church stood its ground to rescue its Christmas from the sun cult interference. I hope they will not soon trace the origin of Christmas to the Santa, or the greeting cards, crackers, buntings and lightings which are confusing distractions and interference.
The truth is that it is impossible to fix a feast in the Roman Empire without such a feast coinciding with one or more. Rome had 57 annual festival or games holidays. The ancient Roman Empire used backward numbering system of kalends, nones and ides of their months. They did not have weeks and weekend rests. They used their many almanac festival and games holidays for frequent rests from labour.
Note also that The proximity of the Church’s Easter and Christmas to some Roman feasts has made those feasts to be the only ones remembered into the modern era. Many are unaware that there were similar one or even two feasts every week in the Roman year!
25 December belong to the Lord.
The Apostles taught that no day belongs to any person, or religion, but to God. Nobody reserve the right of choice to esteem any day. Not even regarding it as their holiday to remark and celebrate any event for the glory of God (Rom 14:5-6). How Christmas Came To Be On 25 December is not even the debate. 25 December belong to the Lord.
To the Church therefore, Christmas is not ancient or modern heathen cultural fanfare; it is a Mass in remembrance of the birth of CHRIST as recorded in the Scriptures.
what then is Christmas
Christmas is a commemoration that seeks to remember and imitate key actors of the original Scriptural nativity story. It join in their response to the first coming of the Christ Saviour. This helps us fashion our own response in preparation for His next glorious Second Coming.
To the Church, Christmas is not ancient or modern heathen cultural fanfare; CHRISTMAS is CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE. A Mass in remembrance of the birth of CHRIST. It is a Scriptural commemoration that seeks to remember and imitate key actors of the original Christmas story. It join in their response to the first coming of the Christ Saviour. This helps us fashion our own response in preparation for His next glorious second coming. The Holy Family and the Shepherds rescued their Christmas from the interference of Augustus’ census to join God’s programme. So must the Church rescue biblical Christmas from interference.