Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Jesus’ birthday during the winter? Have you ever wondered why we celebrate his birthday at all? It is not as if we know Jesus’ actual date of birth.
All we know is what the gospels reveal. We know that at the first Christmas, “there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night” (Luke 2:8). Shepherds in the Middle East only pasture their flocks at night when it is warm out. During the winter, it is too cold. Instead of being in the fields, the sheep like being snuggled together toasty warm in a nice pen. This means that more than likely Jesus was born in the warmth of the late spring, the summer, or the early autumn. This is Read more “Guest Post: Our Christmas Hope – An Advent Reflection”
It is probably best to take a second and mention Helena, mother of Constantine. Constantine was the first Christian emperor of Rome and tradition says that his mother took a tour through the Holy Land in the 4th century CE to discover holy sites and build both churches and shrines upon them.
While it is nearly impossible to verify if any of these locations legitimately mark what they claim to mark, they hold much significance as sites of Christian worship for nearly 1,700 years.
Under each of the pictures are short descriptions of these awesome places. Click the first image to start.
So that’s a small glimpse of a few important sites venerated by believers for the past millennium and a half. Pictures of present-day Israel (among them images of minefields) will be uploaded tomorrow. Cheers.