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The True Story of the Nativity (Ats) (Pack of 25)

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The story of the first Christmas is so beloved that singers and storytellers across the centuries have embellished and elaborated the story in celebration. Most people don't know, however, which details are biblical and which are fabricated. People u... +

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The story of the first Christmas is so beloved that singers and storytellers across the centuries have embellished and elaborated the story in celebration. Most people don't know, however, which details are biblical and which are fabricated. People usually imagine the manger scene with snow, singing angels, many worshipers, and a little drummer boy. None of that is found in the biblical account.

Christmas has become the product of an odd mixture of pagan ideas, superstition, fanciful legends, and plain ignorance. Add that to the commercialization of Christmas by marketers and the politicization of Christmas in the culture wars, and you're left with one big mess. Let's try to sort it out by beginning in God's Word, the Bible.

Christmas According to the Bible

We can't know Jesus if we don't understand he is real. The story of his birth is no allegory. Mary and Joseph were real people. Their dilemma on finding no room at the inn surely was as frightening for them as it would be for you or anyone else.

The manger in which Mary laid Jesus must have reeked of animal smells. The first Christmas was anything but picturesque. But that makes it all the more wondrous. That baby in the manger is God Immanuel--God with us

Unvarnished Truth

- Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.- (Luke 2:7)

That verse is explicitly referencing a lonely birth. There were no midwives, no one to help Mary at all. Mary brought forth the child; she wrapped him in swaddling cloths; and she laid him in a manger. Where typically a midwife would clean the baby and wrap him, there was no one. Mary did it herself. And where typically there would have been a cradle or basket for the baby, there was nothing but an animal's feeding trough.

When Christ entered the world, he came to a place that had some of the smelliest, filthiest, and most uncomfortable conditions. But that is part of the wonder of divine grace, isn't it? When the Son of God came down from heaven, he came all the way down. He didn't hang on to his equality with God; rather, he set it aside for a time and completely humbled himself (Philippians 2:5-8).

Unlikely Testimony

In the Gospel of Luke, the author describes the experience of the shepherds at the first Christmas, when Jesus was born. Think about the shepherds for a moment. God picked a band of people among the lowest and most despised social groups to hear the news of Jesus's birth.

The very nature of shepherds' work kept them from entering into the mainstream of Israel's society. They couldn't maintain ceremonial washings and observe all the religious festivals. Yet these shepherds, just a few miles from Jerusalem, were undoubtedly caring for the sheep that someday would be


Publisher    GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING
Format    Paperback
Language    English
Publication Date    10/31/2016
Abridged    No
Large Print    No
Pages    6
Width    3.5
Height    0.3
Length    5.3
Units    25
EAN    9781682163337

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