The census or enrollment which according to Luke 2:1 was the occasion of the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem where Jesus was born, is connected with a decree of Augustus, embracing the Greek-Roman world.Luke carefully distinguishes the census at the time of Jesus’ birth as “first,” in a series of enrollments connected wither with Quirinius or with the imperial policy inaugurated by the decree of Augustus.There are many different theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25.A very early Christian tradition said that the day when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby, Jesus (called the Annunciation) was on March 25 – and it’s still celebrated on the day. Others believe Christmas is celebrated on this day because it was already popular in ancient religious celebrations as the birthday of the sun.For some, such material is hardly devotional because it primarily focuses on history. Unfortunately, poor Dionysius missed the my mother on the other end of the phone. Matthew tells us next to nothing about them--he doesn't mention their names, nor how many there were--not even which country they came from. Though Matthew doesn't tell us much, over-zealous Christians throughout church history have dogmatically filled in the blanks. D., these dark strangers were given thrones : Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar were the alleged names of these alleged kings.
Whether you’re listening to carols or looking at nativity scene imagery, the idea that Christmas is His birthday is everywhere.The writers of the gospels rarely tell you when things happened and the time of year.The Bible does not specify a date or a month when Jesus was born.Unfortunately, nobody really knows exactly when Jesus was born.The following is part of a short series of devotional items related to the birth of Christ. At that time, Pope John the First asked a monk named Dionysius to prepare a standardized calendar for the western Church. For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.'" Who were these wise men from the east?