Nigerian Christians loves showing off when it comes to facts about the birth of Jesus. They believe knowledge about the Christian Messiah is a mental necessity every church goer must possess.
But there are some facts that are not in the Bible even though Nigerian pastors hold on to them as doctrine and as practice.
Today we shall be talking about some of them, with the purpose of providing clarity where it is needed. Just like the origin of Easter that has some serious religious issues, it is easy to realize why facts about the birth of Jesus can also be steeped in mud.
Unlike the pagan origin of Easter what is provided in this post are simple truths that can actually make more solid your claim to religious knowledge.
Without wasting much time let the counting begin.
1. The 25th of December Is Not The Real Date Of Birth of Jesus
It is normal to see Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December. It is the Christmas holiday but as his date of birth, there is no where it is mentioned in the bible.
The Bible doesn’t even indicate the time of the year that Jesus was born.
2. We Can’t Really Tell How Many Wise Men Visited The Baby Jesus
It is the norm to hear of three wise men visiting the baby messiah simply because they brought with them THREE GIFTS.
The “Magi from the East” did, however, bring him three gifts: gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
And was assumed based on the number of gifts, that it must be three wise men with three gifts. The Bible did not make this claim.
3. Mary Was Still A Virgin When She Conceived Jesus
This is one of the most popularly known facts about the birth of Jesus. That Mary was pure without any form of sexual impurities and that she was made pregnant through supernatural means and not physical.
She stayed a virgin until she she gave birth to the master Jesus. That was the first time anything (child birth) went through her.
4. Shepherds Were Inform About The Birth of Jesus
On the night that the Lord Jesus was born, an angel of God made sure to inform some shepherds in the region of Bethlehem that the messiah had been born.
The shepherds would hurriedly seek out the messiah and would find him in a manger.
5. He Was Born During the Reign of Herod
It is a fact that the birth of Jesus would mean the death of male children born during that time.
Jesus was born “in the days of Herod the king” and Herod would send foe his head. and it was during when Augustus was emperor of the Roman Empire.
6. Jesus Birth Is Associated With That Of John The Baptist
John the Baptist was conceived about 15 months before the birth of Jesus, “in the time of Herod king of Judea”
7. The Magi Did Not Visit Jesus In The Manger
It is an accepted fact that the Magi visited Jesus as a baby at almost the same time as the shepherds.
But that is not exactly true. Their visit came two years after the birth. Matthew 2:16 records King Herod’s orders to kill baby boys up to the age of two based on the report about Jesus’s age from the magi.
8. Animals Did Not Originally Appear In The Navity of Christ
It is simply a tradition that began in the 12th century with Francis of Assisi. It was he who brought a crib and animals into church so that everyone worshipping could feel the depth of the story. Giving rise to a church tradition, practiced till today.
9. He Was Also Circumcised
The baby messiah was also circumcised, eight days after his birth. According to the law of Moses. Luke 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.”
There are other facts about the birth of Jesus I decided to leave out. Might add them in the future but it all depends on their clarity of purpose.
If you like posts like this one then make sure you follow the general knowledge button for more.