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12 Days of Christmas Correction – The Real Story

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 7, 2009

Many of the traditions and teachings about Christmas are not so much Biblically based as traditionally driven.  Over the past few posts, we have looked at a few:

  • The wise men weren’t even there
  • The wise men weren’t kings
  • There weren’t just three wise men
  • They brought more than little trinkets of gold and spices
  • They wise men visited Jesus in a house up to two years after the birth
  • The angels didn’t sing – they spoke
  • Jesus probably wasn’t silent – he was a baby after all
  • Jesus was probably not in a manger, but more likely in the hay next to his mother in the stall
  • The stable was a cave

And to be honest, I could look at many others…

  • The Inn was probably a house, not a hotel
  • The manger was probably not wooden but stone
  • Jesus wasn’t born on his birthday – December 25th
  • Mary didn’t ride a donkey, but was probably pulled in a cart… after all, she was 9 months pregnant
  • And even the star brings up an interesting debate… (there was a star, we know that, but what exactly was it?)

But the fact remains that when all the fluff is pulled away, there are some very potent truths to Christmas that make it a very powerful day.

First, Jesus birth announcement was given to men who watched sheep at night… They probably weren’t even the main shepherds, because it was the third shift (you know, union rules).  Of all the people in the world, why shepherds?

Jesus would become the good shepherd… and the Good Shepherd would lay his life down for his sheep.  This symbolism runs very strong throughout Jesus life and ministry.

Second, Jesus is born in a stable.  Of all the places for the King of kings to be born, why a stable?  Where were the palace servants?  Where were the nurses and doctors?

He does not receive what he deserves because he is humbly coming as a servant that will eventually die a criminal’s death through false accusations. His humble beginnings and undignified death bracket a mere 3 years of ministry and changed the world.

He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3).

Third, even his conception was scandalous.  Mary became pregnant out of wedlock. Joseph took her to be his wife, but anybody around Jesus could see because of the timing of the birth and the wedding date that Jesus was a bastard child and because of the culture, lived as a social outcast.

He was despised and rejected of men (Isaiah 53:3).

Finally, through his lowly beginnings, it would be 30 years before God would bring Him through the wilderness to begin the final stage of his journey which would be marred by  rejection, pain, suffering and finally death.

Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53:3)

His birth gave God a new label – Suffering servant. That humble birth brought upon our savior 33 years of undeserved rejection only so that we might be received by God.  What an awesome savior!

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.


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