A typical Christmas card depicts Mary on a donkey with Joseph at her side, or “wise men” following the Bethlehem star, or angels appearing to shepherds in the field, or the traditional baby-in-a-manger scene. What do these cards have in common? All too often the answer is “snow.”
Was Jesus really born on December 25 in the dead of winter, or did the Roman church pick and sanitize that time-frame to compete with Saturnalia, the Roman holiday honoring the god Saturn?
According to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Luke 2: 8 provides a clue as bold as a neon sign concerning the actual date of the Messiah’s birth. “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”
Hint: When and why would shepherds watch over their flock by night? Click here to find out.