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Birthdays: What did Jesus say About Birthdays

The Bible does not record Jesus specifically speaking about birthdays or giving explicit teachings on the celebration of them. Birthday celebrations are mentioned in the Bible, but not in the context of Jesus’ teachings. The two most notable mentions of birthdays are in the Old Testament (Pharaoh’s birthday in Genesis 40:20-22) and in the New Testament (Herod’s birthday in Matthew 14:6-10), both of which are associated with negative events. However, these instances do not offer direct teachings from Jesus about the practice of celebrating birthdays.

Since there are no direct quotes from Jesus about birthdays, any discussion on the topic from a Christian perspective would be based on general biblical principles rather than specific teachings. Here are three takeaways that can be drawn from a broader biblical context:

  1. Gratitude for Life: Although Jesus did not explicitly mention birthdays, the Bible encourages gratitude for life and God’s blessings. Celebrating a birthday can be seen as an opportunity to give thanks for another year of life and to acknowledge God’s providence and blessings. Verses such as Psalm 139:13-14, which speaks to God’s knowledge and care for us even before we were born, can support the idea of celebrating life itself.
  2. Love and Community: Jesus taught extensively about love, community, and fellowship. Celebrating a birthday can be an expression of these values, providing an opportunity to gather with loved ones, share joy, and express love and appreciation for each other. John 13:34-35, where Jesus commands to love one another, can be applied to how we choose to celebrate and honor each other, including on special occasions like birthdays.
  3. Moderation and Focus: While the Bible doesn’t specifically address birthday celebrations, the teachings of Jesus and the broader scriptural wisdom caution against excess, self-indulgence, and losing focus on what’s important. Celebrating a birthday with humility and in a manner that does not detract from one’s faith or values would be consistent with biblical teachings. Philippians 4:5, “Let your gentleness be evident to all,” can remind Christians to celebrate in ways that reflect their values and faith.

In summary, while there are no direct quotes from Jesus about birthdays, Christians can draw upon his teachings and the broader biblical messages to inform how they approach birthday celebrations, focusing on gratitude, community, and moderation.

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  • Greg Gaines

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