Posted by: New in Every Way | December 7, 2012

I WONDER: Questions about the Nativity

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Boy with crecheWhen you hear or read the Christmas story, do you wonder about these things?

Do you wonder how Matthew and Luke got their information about Jesus’ birth and the events surrounding it?  Did Jesus know? Had his parents told him as he was growing up? Or was it only after the Resurrection, when Mary joined Jesus’ disciples, that she told these stories? Were there others—a nephew of one of the shepherds, the steward of the high priest—who remembered and shared?

Do you wonder who Matthew was referring to when he said “all Jerusalem” was as disturbed as King Herod when the three wise men appeared, talking about a newborn king. I’m thinking it must have meant all the powerful people—the ones who would have something to lose if the administration changed. That being said, it is doubtful they let this rumor leak to the common folk. They might have gotten all stirred up at the possibility of a king other than the ruthless Herod.

Do you wonder if any of the people who knew about Jesus birth . . .

the shepherds, the people who heard the shepherds’ story, the people in Jerusalem who knew about the wise men’s announcement, the worshippers in the Temple who heard Simeon and Anna prophesy over the infant Christ Child

. . . realized who he was thirty-three years later when he showed up as a teacher and miracle worker? Or did they all believe the Babe must have died in the Bethlehem massacre? Surely, some believed that he truly was the Messiah and God would not have permitted him to be destroyed . . . and this amazing teacher must be the Messiah and King.

There’s so much to wonder about in this story. Practical things and eternal things and life-changing things.

INVITATION ≈    This season, as you ponder Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts of these amazing events, please share what is wonder-ful to you. 

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  1. “All Scripture is God-breathed” 2 Tim. 3:16 NIV 1984. “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Pet. 1:20-21 NIV 1984.

    • Thankfully, all Scripture IS inspired by the Holy Spirit (God-breathed). Some writing is purely prophetic; meaning, the writer only knew what he talked about because the Holy Spirt told him. That is the marvelous thing I believe you are talking about. Another marvel of the Scriptures is how the Lord positioned some people to learn things that we–thousands of years later–needed to know and then inspired them to write about them. (Luke 1:1-4 is a good example.)

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