|Luke 2:8-12 |
8 Now in the same country there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "My birthday was the 17th day of the ninth month." See Footnote 1 for more.]
9 And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, "Fear not. For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign to you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
1 Now in the same country there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Christ is generally acknowledged to have been born in April or September, the time when shepherds kept watch over their flock at night to protect the new born lambs. From the Word of the Lord within: "My birthday was the 17th day of the ninth month."
Roman Emperor Constantine, (who had his son poisoned to death and his wife boiled to death), the effective head of Christianity in 336, declared Christ's birth to be celebrated in concert with the celebration of the birthday of the UnConquered Sun God of Rome, the winter Solstice. The exchange of gifts took place the week prior (December 17-25) in celebration of the dedication of the temple to Saturn, another Roman God. So the Roman sect called the same day Christmas instead, celebrating in much the same way — thus the pagans and Christians conformed to the same celebration and festivities, which conformity created the Emperor's desire of peace between the two groups. The exchange of gifts is nowhere suggested in all of scriptures; only in Revelation are gifts exchanged in celebration of the beast's killing of God's two witnesses/prophets. We in no way imitate the wise men's honoring of the new King of the Jews with gifts, (a tradition of gifts to kings); instead we give to each other usually without any real need of the receiver and expecting a gift in return. In this Roman-pagan imitation we encourage covetousness, materialism, wasteful use of the creation, and pride. The only real beneficiaries of this heathenish tradition are the merchants who promote Christmas to increase their profits and sales. Feasting, revelry, and partying was not a practice of the early Church. Christmas trees, boughs, wreathes, candles, decorations, etc., was not a practice of the early Church; and if you do a little research you will see they are all pagan traditions adopted by so-called Christians.
The birth day referenced above is for when Jesus was born as a man, but before he came to earth in the flesh, Christ created the universe, in his heavenly, glorious form: For by him [Jesus] all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together — so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself (God the Father) all things, whether things on earth or in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Col.1:16-20