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Christmas Year

1 Chronicles 16:7-13

What year was Jesus born? That’s an interesting question! First, a little history lesson … Our modern calendar is set up into 2 categories – Before Christ (B.C.) and Anno Domini (A.D.). Anno Domini is a Latin phrase that means “in the year of our Lord.” In 525, a monk named Dionysius created the system for that calendar, and declared that Year 1 AD was the year Jesus was born. Anything before that would be measured in years “B.C.” (Before Christ). The problem is – he counted wrong! We all make mistakes sometimes.

Jesus was actually born in 4 or 5 BC. We know this because the Bible tells us that King Herod was around when Jesus was born, but we also know that King Herod died in 4 BC. What’s important is not the exact day or year or time that Jesus was born, but that he was born – and his birth meant that God had a plan to restore our relationship with him! Let’s praise God for His faithfulness through all of time and for His plan to rescue us from sin.

Provided by Phil Vischer

Written by Allison Levy

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