And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
January 1st was thought to be a pagan date since it originated with Roman Emperor Julius Caesar's solar-based "Julian Calendar. In 45 BC, Julius Caesar was, in a sense, the first globalist. He wanted a unified calendar for the entire Roman Empire that was under his control.
This study is meant to deconstruct our traditional views of Jesus – to put us on a path toward the freedom to see Him as scripture says he really. The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the.
His successor, August Caesar, had his version of NSA tracking -- conducting an empire-wide census to count everyone under his control. The many lunar calendars used for millennia by ancient peoples in the countries conquered by Rome were difficult to reconcile with each other.
Rome's old fifth month, Quintilis, was renamed after Julius Caesar, being called "July. The next emperor, Augustus Caesar, renamed the old sixth month, Sextilis, after himself, calling it "August. The Julian Calendar inserted a leap day to February every 4th year. When Constantine became the Roman Emperor, he stopped the persecution of Christians, and, at the Council of Nicaea in AD, he decided to set a common date to celebrate Easter to help unify the "Christian" Roman Empire.
Constantine's insistence that the date of Easter be on a Sunday, in the Roman solar calendar, resulted in abandoning the Jewish method of determining the date of Passover, based on the lunar calendar, traditionally beginning the evening of 14th day of Nissan. The new date of Easter was set as the first Sunday after the first paschal full moon falling on or after the Spring Equinox, though in actuality it was calculated through the use of tables.
It occurs once in the Spring around March 20 and once in the Autumn around September In the year AD, Easter was on March By , it became clear that the Julian Calendar was slightly inaccurate by about 11 minutes per year, resulting in the calculated tables having the date of Easter ten days ahead of the Spring Equinox and even further from its origins in the Jewish Passover. He set a leap year every year divisible by 4, except for years divisible by , unless that year is divisible by It sounds complicated, but it is so accurate that the Gregorian Calendar is the most internationally used calendar today.
As England was an Anglican Protestant country, it reluctantly postponed adopting the more accurate Gregorian Calendar until When England went on to become the largest empire in the world, it established the Gregorian Calendar for international use. As in other nations, the government demanded uniformity of religious services and doctrine, and restricted freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and freedom of expression. During this time, Christian dissenters, nonconformists, separatists, Puritans, Presbyterians, Quakers, Anabaptists, and Catholics fled from England to other European countries or to colonies in America.
After all, is that not the meaning of Christmas anyway? I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. The 12 Best Kid Nativity Sets. Twenty-First Century Books. Victorian era stories by Charles Dickens , and others, particularly A Christmas Carol , hold key elements of the celebrations such as the consumption of plum pudding , roasted goose and wassail. The Council of Tours proclaimed the twelve days from Christmas to Epiphany as a sacred and festive season, and established the duty of Advent fasting in preparation for the feast. Without corroboration and in the absence of "substantive evidence," we probably should not take overly rigid positions from either perspective.
Jews were expelled from England in by Edward I and not allowed back in till Oliver Cromwell in Dissenters who remained in England practiced their faith in secret, sometimes suffering government persecution and even martyrdom. In , a type of Sunday school catechism song came into use to teach children Christian doctrine, titled "In Those Twelve Days," where a spiritual meaning was assigned to each day.
What is that which is but one? We have but one God alone In Heaven above sits on his throne.
Chorus 2. What are they which are but two? Two Testaments, as we are told, The one is New and the other Old. Chorus 3.
What are they that are but three? Chorus 4. The words we speak are reflections of our thoughts. These God-pleasing thoughts become pleasing in his sight because they motivate us to Christ-like actions that are seen and not just heard. Are your thoughts and words pleasing to the Lord every day and not just at Christmastime or on Sunday mornings?
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. If our present situation disturbs us, perhaps something beyond our natural sight is in the works.
The trouble we face today may be achieving an eternal purpose much better than we can imagine. Remember, what we see right now is only temporary. What is most important, although we may not see it yet, is eternal. As we come to the end of the year, we often look back with regret on things we did not accomplish or resolutions long forgotten. But sin is one thing we should never look back on with feelings of failure.
If we have confessed our sins and asked God's forgiveness , we only need to focus forward on the goal of pleasing Christ. If we could walk through life in reverse order, many times of doubt and questions would be erased from our path. But sadly, we would have missed those desperate moments of trusting in the Lord and clinging to him for guidance. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; When you run, you will not stumble.
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, Shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Sometimes God brings a change or a challenge to shake us loose from our independence and turn us back to dependence on him. We are closest to finding his will, our happiness, and our usefulness, when we are completely in the dark waiting for that first gleam of dawn, depending entirely on him to cause the sun to rise. Share Flipboard Email. Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry.
Comforting, because He has come to share the danger as well as the drudgery of our everyday lives. He desires to weep with us and to wipe away our tears. And what seems most bizarre, Jesus Christ, the Son of God , longs to share in and to be the source of the laughter and the joy we all too rarely know. When he intends to make something very wonderful, he begins with an impossibility. Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing, The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad. I was never alone at all.
And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small. So remember while December Brings the only Christmas day, In the year let there be Christmas In the things you do and say.