Think dates are set in stone? Think again

By Bill Federer

Twelve Days of Christmas-2

“On the 12th day of Christmas …”

In 567 A.D., the Council of Tours ended a dispute. Western Europe celebrated the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, as the holiest day of the season. Eastern Europe celebrated Jan. 6, Epiphany, which is a Greek word meaning “appearance” or “manifestation.” Also called Three Kings Day, it recalled the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus in the manger – his “manifestation” to the Gentiles, as foretold in Isaiah 49:6: “I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”

In addition, Epiphany commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, as recorded in John 1:29-34: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world … that he should be made manifest to Israel. … And John bare record, saying … He that sent me … said … Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

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Source:: World Net Daily