Let us make sure that whatever we teach about the life of Christ is in accordance with Truth. At this season many of the “facts” about the birth of Jesus are fictional! To learn about the birth of Christ begin with Luke 2:1-7. The visit of the shepherds was that same night (Luke 2:8-20). The circumcision of Jesus would take place the eighth day after His birth (Lev. 12:2-ff; cf. Luke 2:22-28). The visit of the wise men (actual number unknown to any man today), took place in a house to be sure (Matt. 2:1-12). The journey to Egypt is recorded in Matthew 2:13-15 and the decree to kill the male children is found in Matthew 2:16-18). The return of the family to Nazareth is revealed in Matthew 2:19-23. An unknown author has written:
As we travel through life from day to day;
We hear a lot of things the Bible does not say.
They tell us it happened on a cold December morn,
But the Bible does not say when the Child was born!
The wise men came from the East, to make a call;
But the Bible doesn’t say “there were three” after all.
It’s true they brought gifts, anxious to see the sight,
But the Bible doesn’t say they rode camels that night!
It is a little-known fact, that the angels did not sing;
And the Bible doesn’t say that the angels had wings.
The angels worshipped Him, and the shepherds did the same,
But the Bible does not say that the reindeer came!
As I began to say, I don’t mean to kick;
But the Bible does not say that there is a saint Nick.
Christmas trees, fireworks, pumpkin pie,
You like stuffed turkey? Well—so do I!
But it’s not in the Bible, there is no need to look,
There’s a lot about Christmas that is not in the Book.
The Bible doesn’t say, “When they made the Egypt flight;
That Mary rode a donkey, and Joseph held the Light.”
It’s fine to give gifts, and to visit and to play;
But don’t think of Christmas as a Religious Holiday!
Let’s get the jingle straight, and try to say it right ~
“Season’s Greetings to all; and to all a Good Night!”
Let us express our faith in Christ, not only for His birth and life; but also, for His death, burial, and resurrection, the fundamental facts of the Gospel (1 Cor. 15: 1-4). Let us not leave the impression that we worship the birth of Christ on December 25, or any other time. All evidence indicates that Jesus was not born at this time of the year. We are not commanded in Scripture to commemorate His birth; but we are commanded to commemorate His death on the cross for us, and this we do each Lord’s Day (1 Cor. 10:16-21; 11:23-29; Acts 2:42; 20:7). Since the first century New Testament Christians have observed the supper of the Lord! We rejoice in the life of our Lord each day of every year; realizing that only the religion of Christianity can celebrate the empty tomb of its leader! Jesus Christ is alive forevermore! Even so, come Lord Jesus.