Although the date is inaccurate, the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month is the traditional day for celebrating the birth of Christ. What a change the coming of the Son of God brought to this wicked world!
Interestingly, the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month in the Hebrew calendar was a day when life dramatically and radically changed for Jehoiachin, the last but one king of Judah. [Jeremiah 52:31-34].
Those were hard days for Judeans. Their country was desolate, their people carried into captivity, and their last king, Zedekiah, lay in the darkness of a Babylonian prison after his captors had gouged out his eyes.
Jehoiachin was eighteen when he ascended the Judean throne in 597 B.C. He had reigned only three months when Nebuchadnezzar took him into Babylonian captivity, and he languished in a horrible jail for almost thirty-seven years. But on the day already noted came a great change for Jehoiachin because Nebuchadnezzar’s successor, Evil-Merodach, released him from prison and brought him into the king’s court. In a day he passed from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, all because of the king’s mercy.
It is not difficult to see ourselves in Jehoiachin. In our unregenerate days, we fell captive to the devil’s prison; we were in bondage to his will. It was a horrible, sinful time in our lives. Then one wonderful day, due only to the mercy and power of God He freed us. We exchanged our prison garments for royal raiment and now have fellowship with the King. The devil’s empty husks have been replaced by the King’s food. A new King now reigns in our lives, Jesus Christ, “the King of kings.” [Revelation 17:14].