Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. But did you know that Christ wasn’t even born on 25th December. Learn more about Jesus Christ to know the festival, its spirit, and the meaning behind it better.
- Jesus is the English translation of the Greek name Iesus. Joshua is the English translation of the Hebrew name Yeshuah. Both Jesus and Joshua mean Yahweh saves or Jehovah is salvation.
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- Christ is not a name it is a title. When the Bible talks about Messiah in the Old Testament, it is referring to the same title as the New Testament calls Christ. Both Messiah and Christ mean the anointed one.
- Jesus was known to be a carpenter. This indicates that he was born in a household that worked in the profession, and worked in the field long enough that people knew him as a carpenter.
- The Bible does not tell the exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until the fourth century that the Church decided to declare 25th December as Christmas.
- In 2008 astrologers studying the Star of Benthlehem calculated the birthdate of Jesus to be 17th June.
- The Star of Benthlehem was most likely an astrological conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter.
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- People who believe that saying ‘Xmas’ is taking ‘Christ’ out of ‘Christmas’ are mistaken. In Greek ‘X’ is known as Chi.
So as you gear up to celebrate your Christmas Eve dinner, share these facts and educate your family about this happy festival.