Scriptural Truths about Christmas

We are drawing near to what is called the most wonderful time and day of the year. Festive decorations and lights adorn homes, towns and businesses indicating we are quickly approaching the awaited day of Christmas. I too love this time of the year and enjoy the holiday with my family and friends. However, it’s this time of the year that many are misguided in understanding the scriptures of God’s word in relation to the birth of Christ and Christmas. The actual birth of Christ is not known. The date of December 25th is a day man set aside for this celebration. The scripture gives us a limited amount of information regarding Christ’s birth in Matthew 2 and Luke 2. The following are some biblical truths to consider, which you may not know, when you look at nativity scenes and hear lessons concerning the birth of Christ. More supportive evidence is given that it was warm when Christ was born. Typically when colder weather came the shepherds would bring their sheep in from the fields. According to scripture, the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths was seen by the shepherds, not the wise men. The shepherds were “abiding in the same country,” indicating they were not far away, when the angel of the lord appeared to them. The star which the scripture talks about was a guide for the wise men to direct them to where Christ was. These wise men, did not go see a babe in swaddling cloth but rather a young child. These men were from the east and had an extensive travel, perhaps hundreds of miles and several months. You will also notice in the scripture that they did not go to the “manger setting” but to a house (Mt. 2:11). These wise men brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The scripture does not indicate how many wise men there were, other than it was more than one. It is because of the three gifts that most individuals just accept the idea there were only three wise men. There may have only been three but the scripture does not state it as truth. I am not against Christmas but I do stand for Scriptural Truths. I hope these truths will make you take a closer look at the scriptures now and throughout all the year (Acts 17:11). I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth. Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net

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