So, many people have stated that no one can REALLY know when Jesus was born, and that is true. No one can pinpoint the exact date that Jesus’ birth took place. But we can pretty much pinpoint the month in which he was born. In doing some study and research and listening to my pastor and a few others, it’s easy to see that Jesus was NOT born in December, but was most likely CONCEIVED in December. We can figure this out by going back to the Bible when it talks about Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, and when he performed his priestly duties before John was conceived.
Luke 1 says that Zechariah was of the priestly division of Abijah. The priests were divided up into 24 separate divisions. Zechariah’s priestly course was carried out the first time sometime around mid-late June (www.christinprophecy.org/articles/when-was-jesus-born/). Each course ran twice a year from one Sabbath to the next (8 days). We know that it was during his time of temple service that he was visited by the Angel Gabriel who told him his wife would bear them a son. Of course, we also know that Zechariah did not believe this news and was struck mute. After Zechariah returns home, he and Elizabeth conceive their son, John. So, this takes place around mid-late June. Fast forward six months and now we’re in December, possibly at or near the Festival of Lights (Hanukkah) and Mary is visited by this same angel who tells her that she, too, will bear a son and that her cousin, Elizabeth, is in her sixth month of her pregnancy. Now, Mary leaves and goes to visit Elizabeth and stays with her for her final three months. This will put John being born in mid March-early April. Since we know that John is six months older than Jesus, we can safely say that Jesus was born in mid September-early October. More than likely mid-late September because we read that there were shepherds in the fields on the day/night that Jesus was born and if Jesus were born in December, shepherds would NOT be in the fields. It would be too cold for them.
It just so interesting to study and research this stuff because this is not anything mainline pastors will break down and teach from their pulpits. Not sure why unless they don’t see the importance of it. They go with the man-made, Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating Christ’s birth in December. It’s study and research like this that makes me want to dig deeper and learn more because it’s all these “little things” (like when Zechariah performed his priestly duties) that changes the whole narrative on Christ’s birth.