The birth of Jesus Christ was a big event for us all, regardless of when you think he was born, because we all need a Savior.
Thinking about THE UNEXPECTED, consider Mary who I’m sure had entertained no grand idea of bearing the promised Savior, and certainly didn’t think the father of her first child would be someone besides Joseph. I’m also sure she didn’t expect the father to be the Father!
Ironically it was while recently studying about the 5 clues in the Bible that indicate when Jesus was born that I learned something unexpected to share with you. You can study into these 5 clues if interested:
1. No shepherds out in the fields at night during Judean winters. Can I ever relate to that one deep in my bones during Colorado winters!
2. Roman census not conducted when roads treacherous but rather in autumn when harvest completed and convenient for people to travel.
3. John the Baptist’s father Zacharias serving in the temple during the 8th course of Abijah when Gabriel announced his son’s birth.
4. Jesus conceived by Mary during the 6th month of her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy.
5. John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Greek word for dwelt (eskenosen) can be translated “tabernacled, pitched tent.”
It’s this 5th clue that I’m sharing with you as THE UNEXPECTED. The Companion Bible (1974 edition, Appendix 179, page 199) explains that John 1:14 is erroneously read as if both phrases are one and refer to His birth. That’s how I was understanding this verse all these years. Not so, says this reference. They are 2 separate Greek clauses, and Jesus became flesh at His conception and tabernacled among us at His birth. It’s interesting that the rest of John 1:14 praises Him as “the only begotten of the Father.”
Good thing nobody believed in abortion back then.
Fun Fact: Moose are too busy mating in September and October to worry about when Christ was born. You’ll hear us bellowing for female attention!