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FIRST THINGS FIRST! Yeshua in Hebrew means "to rescue", "to deliver". Hebrew names in the Bible are important. If it is important enough for the Lord, it should be important to the true believers. The letter J does not exist in Greek, Hebrew or Latin. Our Savior was Hebrew. The Latinized Greek name “Jesus” has no meaning in Hebrew. Both Mary and Joseph were told by the angel Gabriel the specific name they should give the baby about to be born, the Savior of the world. They gave the name “Yahshua” . In Hebrew, “Yah is salvation.”

We are commanded, however, to remember the Messiah's death, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. 23 [i]For I received from the Lord Himself that [instruction] which I passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is (represents) My body, which is [offered as a sacrifice] for you. Do this in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in[affectionate] remembrance of Me.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are [symbolically] proclaiming [the fact of] the Lord’s death until He comes [again].

A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 is an unlikely date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons: 1. We know that shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:7-8). Shepherds were not in the fields during December. According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Luke’s account “suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night” (p. 309). Similarly, The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary says this passage argues “against the birth [of Christ] occurring on Dec. 25 since the weather would not have permitted” shepherds watching over their flocks in the fields at night. 2. Jesus’ parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4). Such censuses were not taken in winter, when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition. Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating. Given the difficulties and the desire to bring pagans into Christianity, “the important fact then … to get clearly into your head is that the fixing of the date as December 25th was a compromise with paganism” (William Walsh, The Story of Santa Klaus, 1970, p. 62).

Don't go with the crowd! Go with the Lord. Many people who say they are believers, go with the crowd, their social or economic circle, their racial or social identity, their political party of choice (all golden calves). Disregarding and rationalizing the Lord's Word

Matthew 15:14 Amplified Bible (AMP) 14 Leave them alone; they are blind guides [a][leading blind followers]. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

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