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Few Lessons Learnt During the Period of Birth of Jesus (Part 1)

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more

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Introduction

Though many people have said a lot of negative things about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ called Christmas in the world. It cannot disputed the fact that the people of Rome do celebrate some idols during the date that the early Christians selected to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ according to histories read of the date.

But what I felt was employed by the early Christians was applying wisdom to the issue to enhance the preaching and spreading of the gospel of our Lord Christ Jesus.

We have also read from the book of second Peter the great Apostle’s counsel that

“2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”

As he has counseled that believers should add virtue to faith, knowledge to virtue, and so on, the ancient Roman believers have also applied wisdom in enhancing that the Gospel of Christ continues during their days without having another god apart from Yahweh who has presented himself in Christ Jesus.

Based on the above ipso facto, I want to share some things about the birth of Christ Jesus as detailed in the gospels of Matthew and Luke and some other books of the bible.

I need to add that though those early believers set such date as date of celebrating Jesus birth, yet the truth is all the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ daily remember Jesus Christ in our hearts because we have come to acknowledge the worth of his works in our hearts and in the world at large. For the Father and the Son have come together to demonstrate rare love to human kind, by condescending so low to be like us.

“Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made

in the likeness of men:

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

John in his gospel also states the uncommon love God has for mankind as thus

“Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

I have used “period” in this title because during the birth of Jesus Christ things were not as this then, technologically, scientifically speaking. Then there was nothing like vehicles: cars, airplanes, trains, boats, electric cars etc that can hasten the movements of a person from point A to location B that a man is headed for.

In addition to this, there is nothing like telephone that one could use to connect and talk with someone else at a far distance to tell him of something of which the person would get the information first hand and swiftly move to the location where he has been called what was commoner for movements then were the uses of Asses, Horses and Camels.

And for people in the mid-east where this development occur what was regularly employed for movement to a farther place was camels because the place is a desert and it is camels that can travel longer distances before feeling thirsty horses and Asses cannot travel much distance before getting thirst, which therefore would slow down the movements of the travelers if not totally impeding the movements.

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However it should be noted that the camels that are being employed for transportation cannot move at a faster rate like Horses and Asses.

Duration of the Time

The period for the occurrence of the incidence spans through 2 years according to the documentations of Matthew in his gospel. Matthew in letting the people of the world know that Jesus is a King addressed the issue of Jesus including his birth from the perspective of Kingship, thence he speaks about the incidence of trying to locate this king the wise men that senses told them that where they need to go to in search of the King was the palace of the king and nowhere else according to the norms of those periods.

However he also took into consideration the fact that there were no mobile means during those periods, thus the reason for the assertion of the King when the order of killing the people was being issued to start from two years old till a day old children.

By this he has covered for the durations of the traveling of the people from the east of the location of where Bethlehem and Jerusalem were. (Matthew 2:16)

“Mat 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.”

Those who have the account of the distance of the journey between the east to where Jerusalem was stated that the journey between the location of the wise men and Jerusalem then would take in-between 50 and 60 days, and perhaps more if camels were not used for the trip.

The author of the book of Matthew stated that those wise men when they got to a certain juncture the star they saw and were following perhaps disappeared because of the climatic changes which would not readily made the star visible again during the day-time, and since those people do not have telescope nor any kaleidoscope for which they could see deeper into the firmament to yet locate the movement of the star they were following, they had to have a stopover at a place.

“Mat 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.”

This stopover would be till the star emerges again. However, I presumably guessed that they had another thought on discovering that the venue of their stopover during the cause of that journey revealed that they had gotten close to Jerusalem.

Thence they considered it logical and wise to make the inquiries of the new born King whose star they have been seeing and have followed to that location from the ruler of the land, King Herod.

“Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

They did ask from the King because of the monarchy system of governance being in place then, son inheriting the position of Kingship of their fathers’. Therefore, they thought the star of the new born king they have seen must be in affinity with royal lineage of the city. Where else could a King emerge from if not from the royal lineage?

How grossly mistaken they were!

After discussing with King Herod and his chiefs in council, they discovered that those people were naïve of the information they have brought to them and saw their folly.

From their discussion, they were implored by the King in the strongest possible terms of the need to try and locate the new born king and brought the news back to him so that he also (and probably with his cabinet members) will go and worship the new born king.

It was after this incident that the star that has disappeared emerged again and led them to where the new born king was with his parents.

The journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem where the new King was begotten wasn’t a day’s walk too as it takes some days before they got to the place.

These Matthew puts into consideration while giving records of the birth of Jesus Christ.

But all these that Matthew put into consideration albeit secretly if one reads the Gospel according to saint Luke chapter two one would assume that Physician Luke did not put it into consideration because he states that after the wise men have seen the child, presented the gifts to him after which the child was christened on the eighth day as if to mean the journey was straightforward and did not take more than hours from the east to Bethlehem.

“Luk 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luk 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

What would help in understanding the work of Luke is knowing that he directed the gospel to the Greek and presented the Lord Jesus as a son of man. Therefore, in this presentation he wants all to know that he was also christened like we all are on the eighth day after which he was dedicated in the temple.

It is when we read these accounts side by side that we shall not miss out those original contents and the deep knowledge of these words that would enhance our in-depth understanding of the Lord’s birth and be able to see the lessons associated with his birth.

This article I have divided into two broad headings

A) Prior His Birth

B) Period of His Birth

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