Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, his teachings became the spiritual laws which govern our relationship with God. His teachings may have became the most important thing for a person to live his life to the fuller, but there are some aspects of his life that are misremembered today.
Here are some little known facts from the Bible about Jesus Christ one must know..
1. December 25 isn’t actually Jesus’ birthday
In Bible, there is no any indication of time of the year Jesus was born. In fact, the astrologers studying the appearance of ‘Star of Bethlehem’ pinpointed a June 17 birth date.
2. Jesus had siblings
In the original Greek theory, the word adelphoi was mentioned for his four brothers namely, James, Joseph, Judea, and Simon, that translates to “brother” which literally means “from the same womb”.
3. His name
The meaning of Jesus is salvation that appears 900 times in the Bible. The word Christ is not a name but actually a title that means anointed one since the Jesus was anointed with power of Holy Spirit and was a promised Savior.
4. Carpenter by profession
Jesus was known to be a carpenter. He not only grew up in the house of carpenter but also worked there long enough for people to know him as a carpenter.
5. Jesus’ titles for himself
There were several names mentioned which he used for himself, ‘the living bread’, ‘Son of God’, ‘the way, the truth and the life’, ‘the good shepherd’ and ‘the light of the world’.
6. Jesus wasn’t actually born in 1 A.D.
Most scholars and even the writings in Jesus of Nazareth: the Infancy Narratives put the Jesus’ birth several years before 1 A.D., sometime between 7 B.C. and 2 B.C.
7. Jesus’ Death is almost certain
Bible exactly indicated the death day of Jesus as it says that he died on a Friday during Passover after which earth quaked and rocks were rent. Scientists found 33 A.D. to be the most likely year and did discover sediment deposits that point to an earthquake in Israel between 26 A.D. and 36 A.D.
8. Not more than 15 babies were there in Mass Slaughter
Although there is no proof of a mass slaughter of babies in Benthlehem, but there is evidence that it wouldn’t be a big deal for Herod to do such a thing. But if it would have happened, not more than 15 babies were killed since the total population of Benthlehem between 7BC and 1 AD was 300.
9. He probably wasn’t born in a stable.
Some say it was a ‘cave-like place’, others say Jesus was born on the lower floor of his house. Wherever it happened, it probably didn’t look like the nativity scenes we see in the pictures.
10. His first miracle was not that spiritual
To keep a party going, Jesus helped his mother by turning water in to wine and provided refreshments at a wedding party. This was his first miracle as stated in Bible.
11. Jesus will come back once again
Prophesies about his first coming were literal, so it stands to reason that prophesies made about his second coming are also true. There was a phrase in Bible that tells his coming back again to stand on The Mount of Olives.
12. The number of wise men who visited Jesus is unknown
Though the literature through Christmas Carol “We three kings” may made you think otherwise, the Bible actually makes no mention of the number of wise men who visited Jesus.
13. He was a Nazarene but did not come from Nazareth
Matthew states that Jesus came from Nazareth, so that he shall be called a Nazarene. But there’s some disagreement about whether Nazareth really was a city during Jesus’ time. Another theory states that Nazarene is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word for “branch” and hence referred to Jesus since he was the branch of past religious leaders.
14. Jesus didn’t come to destroy evil, but to give them a life
He didn’t come to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive, so that they may have their life more abundantly. There is a difference.
15. He really EXISTED
Outside the Bible, there are also a few other sources that mentioned Jesus. The most well know are those of Flavius Josephus which were written about 60 years after the death of Jesus.
Merry Christmas people!:)