The normal narrative that goes with the Christmas season is one of peace, tranquility, and joy. We see scenes of a smiling Joseph and Mary looking down upon their pride and joy who is laying peacefully in a clean wooden manger. The picture is of a couple and a baby who have the perfect life. Reality is much diferrent.
Yes the birth of Jesus was a time of great joy because He was the long awaited Savior-King who would bring salvation to the world, but this does not mean that the birth of Jesus was without turmoil and trouble. I’m sure it wasn’t easy on Mary to walk several miles while being pregnant. I also do not doubt that Joseph and Mary faced ridicule because of the nature of the conception of Jesus. We know that later certain people questioned the legitimacy of Jesus’ birth. Although joy and peace entered the world in the person of Jesus, we cannot glorify this time so much to miss the sacrifices of Joseph and Mary.
You can read part one of this series here. My goal in writing is to show the importance of Jesus becoming flesh. The Incarnation is fundamental to the Christian faith. In the epistles of John it is made clear that someone who denies that Jesus became flesh is not a child of God, but rather an antiChrist. But why is this teaching so important?
Last post we looked at what Hebrews teaches us about the importance of the incarnation. This time we are going to look at a more traditional text. Specifically we want to deal with the Gospel of Matthew and the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14.
During this season people are thinking about the birth of Jesus. This week I’m focusing on the idea of Christmas, but more specifically I want to use this time to teach on the incarnation. If you are a parent this could be a good way to help your kid understand why Jesus came to earth. If you haven’t yet, check out the first post concerning some common myths of Christmas. The post should help you separate fact from fiction. (Click here to read).
The first place I want to start in our discussion of the incarnation is not the normal place to start. Most of the talk about the birth of Jesus centers on the Gospels and rightfully so. Later posts in this series will investigate what the Gospels teach us about the Incarnation, but I want to start in a different book. The book of Hebrews provides us with a lot of information concerning the incarnation of Jesus. It provides for us reasons why Jesus came in the flesh. I want to look at two key points in Hebrews to show what they teach us about Jesus becoming flesh (i.e the Incarnation).
Something that has always upset me is the way that some preachers plagiarize sermon material. It seems that some glory in the idea of using a preaching outline from one of the “big name” preachers. I have also sat in auditoriums where preachers have used a sermon that was printed off the internet or out of a sermon book. This always made me feel uneasy. I guess I’m not the only one that feels uneasy about this. Below is a quote by D.A. Caron and a link to a full article where he deals with this subject.
You can read the first post in the series here concerning my view (which I believe is what the Bible teaches) concerning how Christians should incorporate Christmas by clicking here.
This week I will be posting daily on the subject of Christmas. I ask that you read my earlier post on the subject before you continue so that you can understand my rationale behind this series. Today, I want to start out with Christmas myths. Sadly, sometimes what we take for granted as being in the Bible isn’t there at all so it is helpful to separate fact from fiction. I will list a few of the myths that I think often times are portrayed this year and then you can add more in the comments.