The Day of Jesus' Birth

Posted Sep 09, 2010 by Russell Unterschultz in The Son of God Hits: 6,823

We are just a few months away from the birth date of Jesus, that is, December 25.

Is December 25 really the day on which He was born when He took humanity upon Himself? Turning to the Bible we see that:

(a) Numbers 4:43 says the Levitical priests began their service in the tabernacle of the congregation when they turned thirty years old. The Levitical priesthood was a shadow or type of the reality - Jesus Christ, and so Luke 3:23 says that Jesus began His public ministry at the age of thirty.

(b) Daniel 9:27 says that Christ's ministry was to last for one week (seven years). However, in the midst of the week (three and one-half years according to the reckoning of prophetic time - Ezekiel 4:6), He was to cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease by the sacrifice of His life (type meeting anti-type - see 1 Corinthians 5:7, Luke 23:44-46). So then, three and one-half years from the commencement of His public ministry He would be crucified for the sins of the world at the age of thirty three and one-half.

(c) The document titled; "The Passover, Pentecost, and Easter" on page 28 of The Ellen G. White North Pacific Union Gleaner Articles states that the time of the passover just preceding Jesus' betrayal and crucifixion occurred March 29, A.D. 31. Jesus was thirty three and one-half years old when He gave His life for us on Calvary, March 30, A.D. 31.

(d) If we then calculate six months backward or forward from this date we can know the day of His birth. As the Jews reckoned months by periods of thirty days, six months of thirty days backward or forward from March 30 would equal September 30. Jesus was born September 30 and not December 25 as we have been previously taught in the world by precept and example.

Comments and corrections to this reckoning welcomed,