When was Y’shu born?
Y’shu Meshikha (Y’shu, the Anointed One)
Commonly known as Jesus Christ, the Lord’s actual name in Hebrew and Aramaic is Y’shu (pronounced Eshu) from Yeshu, a common Hebrew name that means “Salvation”. There is no reason to Latinize it to Jeshu and in fact, if you do, you lose the actual pronunciation of His name. Y’shu has the Greek equivalent Ιησου/Εσου (pronounced eezo) and the Coptic equivalent Esou which means “lamb”.
The Bible’s answer
The Bible does not give a specific date for the birth of Y’shu Meshikha (Y’shu, the Anointed One) known as Jesus Christ, as these reference works show:
- “The true birth date of Christ is unknown.”—New Catholic Encyclopedia.
- “The exact date of Christ’s birth is not known.”—Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.
While the Bible does not directly answer the question, ‘When was Y’shu born?’ it does describe two events surrounding his birth that lead many to conclude that he was not born on December 25.
Not in winter
- The registration. Shortly before Y’shu was born, Caesar Augustus issued a decree ordering “all the inhabited earth to be registered.” Everyone had to register in “his own city,” which might have required a journey of a week or more. (Luke 2:1-3) That order—probably made to support taxation and military conscription—would have been unpopular at any time of year, but it is unlikely that Augustus would have provoked his subjects further by forcing many of them to make long trips during the cold winter.
- The sheep. Shepherds were “living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks.” (Luke 2:8) The book Daily Life in the Time of Jesus notes that flocks lived in the open air from “the week before the Passover ” through mid-November. It then adds: “They passed the winter under cover; and from this alone it may be seen that the traditional date for Christmas, in the winter, is unlikely to be right, since the Gospel says that the shepherds were in the fields.”
In early fall
We can estimate when Y’shu was born by counting backward from his death on Passover, Nisan 14 in the spring of the year 33 C.E. (John 19:14-16) Y’shu was about 30 years old when he began his three-and-a-half-year ministry, so he was born in the early fall of 2 B.C.E.—Luke 3:23.
We celebrate the life of Our Lord, Y’shu Meshikha from its inception with God, to His birth on Earth to His resurrection to Heaven.
What Kind of Star Led the “Wise Men” to Y’shu (Jeshu)?
Popular Christmas stories portray the star as a good sign from heaven. Was it really?
▪ The peculiar nature of the star caught the eye of “wise men” from the East, eventually leading them to young Y’shu, relates the Bible writer Matthew. (Matthew 2:1-12, King James Version) Popular Christmas stories portray the star as a good sign from heaven. One reference work refers to the star as part of a “divine pre-arrangement whereby . . . the child Y’shu was honored and acknowledged by the Father as his beloved Son.” Even Christmas carols honor that star. What was this star?
Some have suggested that it was a natural celestial phenomenon. A number of scholars have proposed that it was a conjunction of planets. However, as The New Bible Dictionary points out, “such a phenomenon could not naturally be referred to as ‘a star.’” Multiple planets passing close to each other would still appear as individual points of light and not as a single star. Some have suggested other celestial phenomena, such as a comet or a supernova. However, none of these phenomena could maneuver through the sky in a way that would lead the men to a specific city and then stop over a specific house.
Could the star have been a natural event or could it have appeared by divine providence? Consider some facts: The “wise men” were not what we would today call academics; neither were they kings. They were, as most modern English translations read, “astrologers.” They engaged in a practice condemned in the Holy Scriptures. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) Note that only these astrologers were reported to have “seen” the star. If the star had been an actual star, it would have been as visible as a beacon to the public in general. But even King Herod had to ask them about the details of its appearance. This star guided the astrologers first to Jerusalem, to Herod, a mortal enemy of the future Messiah. He intended to kill the child Y’shu. Then the star shifted direction and led the astrologers south to Bethlehem where Y’shu was, thus placing Y’shu’s life in danger.
These facts give evidence that the star was from an evil source, most likely Satan the Devil. The Bible describes him as using “lying signs and portents.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9) It should thus not surprise true Christians that Satan could make only astrologers see a starlike object and could jockey that “star” to lead them to God’s Son, whom he wanted to destroy. Of course, no one can outmaneuver Ya, the Living One. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the Devil’s ploy to bring an early death to Y’shu was thwarted.
It is noteworthy, however, that God did in fact announce Y’shu’s birth through miraculous means. On the very night of Y’shu’s birth, an angel appeared to a group of shepherds and announced the birth of a “Savior.” The angel also provided directions so that the shepherds could visit Y’shu. Then a multitude of angels appeared and proceeded to praise God. (Luke 2:8-14) God used these angels and not the star to inform people of Y’shu’s birth.
Who is this humble person who subjects Himself to God even though He originated as God and God dwells within Him? My Lord forever, Y’shu Meshikha (Y’shu, the Anointed One whom you know as Jesus Christ)
Lord means “provider of bread” and Y’shu provided His life for us.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the etymology of the word can be traced back to the Old English word hlāford which originated from hlāfweard meaning “loaf-ward” or “bread keeper”, reflecting the Germanic tribal custom of a chieftain providing food for his followers.
We should also remember that Ya, the Living One is the provider of the Sacrifice and that He gave His only-begotten Son to us to redeem our lives. Then we have perspective on our life and the value of it to God.