Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Does it Make Sense for Christ to Have been Born at Chanukka time?
Assorted retorts from yahoo boards and elsewhere : Soon Christmas · New blog on the kid : On the Date of Christmas · Φιλολoγικά / Philologica : Second week of Tishri + 15 Month = Christmas · Does it Make Sense for Christ to Have been Born at Chanukka time?
Did He care about it, back during the validity of the Old Covenant?
Probably at least in some way.
John 10:22 And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem: and it was winter.
The feast of what?
The feast of dedication.
Dedication of what?
Of the Temple.
What is the Body of Christ?
The true and eternal and therefore also Third Temple.
Jesus answered, and said to them: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. The Jews then said: Six and forty years was this temple in building; and wilt thou raise it up in three days? But he spoke of the temple of his body. John 2:19-21
So, either His birth or His conception or His circumcision should have been under Chanukkah.
This year our feast of Christmas comes while Jews are celebrating their Chanukkah.
But even more : the fact made it easy to check when He was thirty and could take disciples in Jewish custom. And this without His explicitly celebrating His own birthday.
It also provided some keys to His rejection of the Devil's temptations.
"Throw yourself off the Temple"
Well, that would be somewhat disrespectful of the Temple, for one. Even with counting on angels.
"Adore me, and I will give you ..."
Was He going to make an abomination of desolation of the Temple that was His body? No, of course!
Probably, when the Devil spoke, it was both Chanukka and Christmas day. And when the angels served him, that serves as an example that Christmas presents in food are very fine.
Hans Georg Lundahl