The First Century Christmas Story

It’s that time of the year when the world celebrates the birth of Jesus by giving gifts. But there is more about Jesus than gift giving. Actually, Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth puts it at about February. All the details of why are in my Word of YHVH Bible in Luke’s gospel.

All who believe in Jesus should be celebrating his birth and death at the same time, during the Hebrew Feast of Passover. Then at Pentecost, celebrate the outpouring of the Spirit of YaHavah. (Rev. 5:6)  At the Feast of Ingathering (Harvest), we can all celebrate the promise of Jesus’ return and give him glory.  Notice how the three main Feasts of YHVH center on the milestones of Jesus’ first and second comings, because Jesus came to fulfill the prophets and the Law.

I know these Bible technicalities put a shadow over the tradition of December Christmas, but isn’t it a better thing to celebrate Jesus in accordance with YaHavah’s commandments and purpose? Really, it is a life or death choice.

Jewish calendar

But let’s explore some basic first century knowledge about YaHavah, his son, Jesus, our relationship with them, and why it is all important. Some of this is repeated from my blog titled “YaHavah’s Elements of Journalism.”

Our Creator, YHVH, employs the journalistic elements of who, what, when, where,
why, and the how to teach us about himself:

  1. The (who’s) of reporting are the protagonist and antagonist.
    • Bible protagonists are our Creator, YHVH and His Son, Jesus.
    • Antagonists are Satan, aka, Lucifer the fallen angel, and his earthly counterpart, the end time Antichrist, aka, Daniel’s fourth beast.
  2. The (what) is a conflict between YaHavah and Satan of unimaginable proportions from beginning to end.
  3. The (when) begins in a time before creation as we know it and ends with a new creation.
  4. The physical (where) began in the realm of heaven, moved to earth, then will move to a new heaven and earth.  (Third Heaven, Eden, and New Jerusalem, respectively)
  5. The spiritual (where) is in the hearts and minds of humanity and our Creator, YHVH.
  6. The (how) is in the causative actions of the unseen infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient YaHavah. From his place in heaven, his mind (spirit of YaHavah) reaches everything and everywhere without limitations.
  7. The (why) is to remove sin from YaHavah’s creation.

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Core Bible Doctrines

I’ve gone to great lengths to write about Bible doctrines, but I also like to get down to the bare bone basics. Everything in the Bible indicates that there is ONE core Bible doctrine under which all other Bible doctrines are established:

  1. PERSON OF YHVVH
    • Person of Satan
    • Person of Jesus
    • The Anointing
    • Prayer
    • Bible Prophecy
    • Testing of Doctrine

You might wonder why I listed Satan as first under YHVH. Satan existed before the others; it does not mean he is above any of them, only before them. Because of Satan, the last one is essential. Adam failed to test the spirit of Satan’s temptation, and look where we are now.

Isaiah 14:12 names this fallen angel, hêylêl; it was translated to Lucifer because of his brightness, like a bright morning star. On earth, he became known by the name sâtân, pronounced saw-tawn, meaning opponent or adversary.

Hêylêl aspired to have YaHavah’s throne, so, he tempted one third of the angels in heaven to turn against YaHavah. There was war in heaven and he and his rebel angels were ejected from YaHavah’s presence. Now we must deal with him every day of our lives because of the sin he brought into the world through Adam.

The law helped identify sin for a time.  Then YaHavah obeyed his own law of requiring a perfect blood sacrifice to atone for Adam’s sin.

All human fathers are tainted with Adam’s sin, so at his appointed time conducive to fulfilling all of his prophecies, YaHavah created a perfect male sperm to conceive his son in the womb of a faithful maiden. Then he named his son Jesus. Jesus is the sinless Son of YaHavah who came to fulfill all righteousness in the law and prophets.

Jesus gave his life so we can overcome Adam’s sin in us and overcome Satan’s temptations to destroy us. Salvation is not automatic.  By your choice to accept the free gift of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross in  your stead, YaHavah will write his laws on your heart so you can know and obey him. It means YaHavah, who inspired Moses to record the law, can be present, in you by his own infinite Spirit, to implement his commandments through the shed blood of Jesus. Believe in and love both, Jesus and YaHavah, with all your heart, mind, and strength.

This is the simplicity of Christ. Christ means to be anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah. Jesus is Daniel’s prophesied anointed Holy One. All who give their life and love to YaHavah and Jesus bear the identifying name of Christian.

Satan’s entire plan is to alter the Bible’s truth about YaHavah and Jesus to turn humans against YaHavah. The traditional December Christmas story is one of Satan’s lies. Believing strange doctrines about the Bible and YaHavah is the same as hating and going against YaHavah. Satan is very good at being a smooth-talking deceiver. Let’s face it, anybody who can turn angels against YaHavah is extremely dangerous. He is the master con artist. He is the God of all who believe his lies, and honors him in their statements of faith, by mixing his lies with some of YaHavah’s truth to make the lies palatable, or seem so. Satan can present himself with charisma or terrorism, whatever suits his purpose and the willingness of his targets, day or night.

Acquiring full Bible knowledge of YaHavah, will assure those who love Jesus and YaHavah, of their right and knowledge, to determine the truth or falsity of any doctrine, and to confront any temptation from Satan with confidence in the truth of the original Scriptures. Choose your Bible with care, because denominations publish slightly altered Bibles to accommodate certain false doctrines they believe to be truth. “The Word of YHVH Bible” and its paperback edition “Water of the Word” are not denominational.

Follow Jesus’ example. He loves YaHavah with all his heart, mind, and strength, was anointed in YaHavah’s Spirit at the beginning of his ministry, then he overcame Satan’s temptations by proclaiming YaHavah’s truth. He gave his life that we may live in peace with YaHavah.

Have a blessed life in Christ.

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About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer. My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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