Christmas from A Woman's Perspective
By Irene Baron 7 December 2022
To a Christian woman, Christmas is one of the most significant days of the year. This day celebrates the birth of the Christ who was born to the Virgin Mary, the most important woman to ever be born on Earth.
Mary’s birth was preordained by God. Prior to her conception, she was consecrated by God to be the mother of His Son, the Savior of mankind. Messenger angels instructed Mary’s elderly parents to name their daughter Mary and have their grandson named Jesus Immanuel. They were also told how to take care of their holy daughter.
Apostle James, Joseph’s youngest son by his first wife, accompanied Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem along with two of his brothers. Unlike his brothers, James was present at the holy birth. Later in life, after Christ’s death, James became the first Bishop of Christian churches in Jerusalem.
The woman who created Christmas through the birth of her Son, Jesus Immanuel, lived with her parents her first three years of life before going to live in the Jerusalem Temple for over a decade. When told of their future daughter, Angels directed her parents what to feed her, how to take care of her, and that she was to be kept separate from people in Nazareth so she would never hear arguments, cursing, and vulgarities that might occur on the streets of their home in Nazareth. The few female children with whom she was allowed to play those first three years in her sanctuary had to be vetted to ensure they and their families were pure in their life and activities.
The only time outsiders saw Mary during her first three years was during the child’s first birthday celebration. All citizens of Galilee were invited to attend. The only persons allowed to see Mary at that event, however, were the Rabbis and Priests during a private meeting. Mary was to never experience anything that could, in the future, be held against her. The most famous woman to ever live on Earth was also the most pure from her birth until she married Joseph after the birth of Christ. She became the only woman associated with the Christmas holiday.
Christmas represents to many women a time when life could be difficult during a pregnancy. Any pregnancy is filled with nine months of hope and love for the growing fetus. In Mary’s time, to be pregnant and not married was difficult for Joseph also. He was required to pass a religious test by the High Priest to prove he had no sexual relations with his betrothed before their marriage and the birth of the Christmas child. His test was one of two ways it was proven that Mary was a virgin.
Except for Mary, until chromosome tests originated a few thousand years later, women were not aware of the sex of their child before birth. Since all of Galilee, including every Rabbi and Priest who knew about Mary’s future by her first birthday, they also knew she would bear a Son who was destined to be the Savior of mankind. As the mother of Jesus, Mary became the definitive Christmas mother figure.
When American archaeologist Ron Wyatt found the Ark of the Covenant in Jeremiah’s grotto beneath the crucifixion site after several years of excavation, he discovered a few dark drops on the surface of the Ark. He reported the blood of Christ must have dripped down after the earthquake at Christ’s death. The earth cracked allowing a few drops of blood to drop onto the Mercy Seat. Angels told Wyatt to take a sample of the dark material from the Mercy Seat to the university to have it examined.
When he returned days later to learn the examination results, those in the pathology lab hushed at his entrance. One incredulous technician asked where he obtained the sample. When he told them about finding dark material on the Mercy Seat of the newly discovered Ark of the Covenant, they understood what they had found about the dark material.
Totally in awe, they reported the dark material was not only blood, but the most unique blood ever witnessed in written history. The laboratory personnel stated the blood cells each contained 23 chromosomes from the mother but only one chromosome from the father. Each blood cell in the sample had only 24 chromosomes. Mary supplied the 23 female chromosomes. God supplied one to create His Son, Jesus Immanuel, the Christ. To me, Mary was very important in the creation of Jesus in that her body held and protected His through gestation. Since angels communed with her and fed her food from heaven during the time she lived in the Jerusalem Temple, she must have been prepared, health-wise, to carry the Christ child. God insured His Son, the Christmas child, would have human characteristics in addition to being a God. Jesus Immanuel had to experience the human body.
Although God was with Jesus most of His life, God’s presence was withdrawn for a short time when Jesus was being crucified. Jesus then felt all the sins of mankind that had occurred up to that point in time and all the sins of the future. We can never begin to imagine the pain He felt as He became the Savior of mankind.
In the past, people could only communicate with God if they had a sacrifice at the altar. Christ became the sacrifice for all future contact with God. Prayers to God must go through Jesus Christ to reach our Heavenly Father.
The beginning of that story began with the angels announcing Marys’ birth and the future birth of Christ. It is that birth which is celebrated at Christmas, the birth of a God carried through gestation by the pure human female, Mary.
As Ron Wyatt said, “God knows what he wants shown to everybody.” He also stated, “We cannot deceive God. He knows what is going on in our minds. He knows who is doing things to impress other people and who is doing things because they love God. God has put the love for other people in them.”
Christian women know we are to love God and pray to Him through Jesus Christ. This is one of the reasons Christmas is so special. Love abounds everywhere and is shown to others as at no other time of year. We were told to love and Christmas is the perfect time to show His love to the world .
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
At Christmas, women love to decorate their living space with light to help remind everyone Jesus is the light of the world. Using their creativity and love of Christ, from a small candle to large masses of lights, Christian women remember Christ is the light of the world. Women know how the human children are born. Those who read Apostle James’ testimony about Mary and the birth of Christ will know that Jesus Immanuel entered this world surrounded by light brighter than the Sun. He was the Son of God being born.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians:6-7
When the question was asked if a drop of water could be placed on the slide containing the blood of Christ, everyone in the laboratory was amazed that the cells began mitosis, the natural dividing that takes place in living cells. The blood, over 2,000 years later, was still alive.
Before the child was born, she may have known His birthdate would be celebrated throughout the world. Birthdays of current and past humans are celebrated with much fanfare, but not like the birthday of the Christ child, the Son of God.
Her parents were given instructions by messenger angels how she was to be brought up her first three years before going to live in the Jerusalem Temple for over a decade. From her birth, her elderly parents, Anna and Joachim, ensured the child lived in a sanctuary in her home. According to the angels, she was never to hear angry voices, screaming, cursing, or any of the vulgarities of human life. She was fed only food prescribed by the messenger angels.
Learning about Mary’s elderly parents affected me as they had prayed for a child most of their marriage. I have known friends and neighbors who have had such difficulty trying to have a child; I could empathize on their childless grief. Women do that, you know. By reading Apostle James’ written & signed testimony of Mary’s biography, I learned facts not in the Holy bible. James was the youngest son of Joseph and lived at the home. He was in their lives and present at the birth of the Christ child. He wrote of all that occurred at the birth of Christ which, as a mother, was so unusual and significant to me. Every mother can understand all the feelings and birth events of others. All our lives we have heard and read the Christmas story in the Bible. We always wanted more details, to know more. James provided that.
When I discovered his testimony about Mary, I was enthralled with the facts about a God being born on Earth. Scholars say James’ testimony was not put in the Bible because it was either too sacred, or because it was ‘about a woman.’ I had no idea that there were any detailed facts about the birth of Christ until I read James’ testimony in its’ original scripture format. As I read the facts, I could only think about how other mothers would be thrilled to know all about the birth of the Savior of mankind.
Many people are not “readers” and find scripture hard to read. That’s why I put his scripture in an easy to read ‘historical narrative’ format. https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Knew-Biography-Ancient-Scriptures/dp/1723233471
The story is so phenomenal; men and women alike can’t put the book down. They report they go to read a few paragraphs to see what it is like and can’t stop. They read through meals and all day and night until finished, even if it takes more than one day. They are enthralled with the story. They learn the background and facts about the birth of a God.
Being a female, we can’t help but be proud that Jesus Immanuel, the Son of God, was born to an Earth bound mother. God had him born to a human so the child would have the human experience. But it was not exactly a human birth. Learning the details, I think women who have given birth nod and say, “So, that’s what happened.” We women have always wondered how a child can be born and the mother remains a virgin. Being an eyewitness to the event, James cleared that up. I often wondered if men were as curious as women about that birth.
Most every mother I know wants all their acquaintances to know they gave birth. I think deep down, we are awed that the birth of Christ was announced to everyone on Earth with a celestial GPS type marker showing the birth location. There were earlier announcements showing who was being born at that location and on that date and how important that child would be to the universe. https://www.amazon.com/Unraveling-Christmas-Star-Mystery-Illumination/dp/1477683976
When I searched the skies for the Christ child’s birthplace, I examined the skies directly over Bethlehem at six o’clock in the morning because the ancient astronomers observed the celestial heavens in the predawn hours, not at night like present day astronomers. That is why current astronomers never found the Christmas star previously. They were searching for an evening star position, not dawn like the ancient astronomers. Using the correct time, latitude (declination) and longitude (right ascension), I located not only the GPS star marker for Bethlehem, but previous other star positions which told WHO was being born to Mary, the most important woman and mother to ever be born on the earth.
What Christmas means to the most important woman and mother to ever be born on the Earth is the birth of her Son, Jesus Immanuel, the Christ.
Mary’s biography from Apostle James’ testimony