As we gather for this festive season our homes are filled with the warmth of family, perhaps surrounded by children and grandchildren. The Christmas tree stands adorned with twinkling lights, its branches sheltering a collection of brightly wrapped packages. Laughter, good food, and festive fun are the order of the day. Yet, amidst these delightful traditions, there exists a gift far more profound than anything nestled under the tree. It’s the gift of God’s own Son, the God of creation who chose to come to earth as a baby and lay in a manger.
The story of Christmas is more than a heartwarming narrative about a young family and their special baby; it is a pivotal event bridging the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This unity, often overlooked, is essential to understanding the full story of Jesus Christ that spans the entire Bible.
At the heart of this connection is Galatians 4:4-5, which says:
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
A popular Christmas song you might hear during the season would be the twelve days of Christmas. You know the one – “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Let me change this up just a little this year as I present the twelve things people generally get wrong about the real, biblical account of Christmas that comes to us from Mathew and Luke.
These errors that people make arise from many sources including popular imagery on cards, movies and stories we retell as we remember that first Christmas.
The story of Jesus’ birth is told with profound simplicity in the Gospel of Luke. It narrates the miraculous birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the appearance of angels to shepherds, and the humble beginnings of a Savior destined to die so that He could save the world. This narrative, found in Luke 2:1-20, sets the stage for the extraordinary life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
Within this larger narrative, the Bible often presents smaller, yet significant stories, that shine light on the miraculous birth and mission on Jesus.
Understanding the Church during End Times
The Rapture, a topic of intrigue and debate, often sparks curiosity and questions. It’s a subject that has captured the imagination of many, both within and outside religious circles. The concept has been hyped in both circles, but is widely misunderstood.
What is the Rapture? It is a concept most commonly associated with conservative branches of Christianity, particularly Evangelical and Fundamentalist branches. It was popularized by Hall Lindsay in the 70’s and later by Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lehaye in the Left Behind book series.
Understanding the Divine Inspiration of Scripture
The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years and has approximately 40 authors. It is comprised of two primary segments – the Old Testament, a collection of 39 books of varied genres from historical accounts to poetry, and the New Testament, an assemblage of 27 books primarily documenting the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It has influenced countless cultures, societies, and individuals, and stands unique among religious texts with its broad reach and continued relevance.