Okay, here’s the thing – I have an issue with the whole “Christmas Story” phrase. Now before you become annoyed with me I need to say that I have used that phrase thousands of times before but this year I can’t do it. Every time I start to say it the “story” part feels wrong. Every time I hear the word “story” I think made up, not true, fictional, bits of truth mixed with pieces of not true. So then I started to wonder – am I the only one that thinks this? So I asked around, “When I say the word ‘story’ to you, what do you think? Truth or made up?” I got a good mix of “made up” and “truth”, so then I asked this question: Do you think when an unbeliever hears the phrase “the Christmas Story” they are led to believe it is truth or made up? Hands down every reply was the same – Made up.
This concerns me! Actually more than that – it makes my heart ache and wonder what message are we sending to those that really don’t know anything about Jesus aside from what they hear us – followers of Christ – Believers say. I mean if I say to someone, “Hey, have you heard the Christmas story?” I am sure the majority of people would say yes! Angels, a virgin, a baby, a manger, animals, shepherds and wise men, and gifts – great story!
This, people, is NOT A STORY! This is REALITY! It really, really did happen! This reality is included in the Bible, in Gods Word. It is truth not fiction.
Using the word story implies that something within is made up, not true. There is nothing about Jesus that is not true. He is real. He came as a baby, was born to a young woman that, yes, was a virgin, angels did indeed sing and tell of His birth and shepherds and Wise Men traveled to see Him and bring Him gifts because He was indeed the Savior, yes – the Messiah, the Lord!
This Christmas is the Christmas I start dropping the “story” part of that phrase and just start saying, “Let me tell you about Christmas! Let me share with you the reality of this beautiful time of year. Let me share with you what happened so many years ago in Bethlehem that is part of my history and can be part of yours. Let me share some Christmas History with you. Let me share truth with you.”
End of story.
This is reality, people!
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said, “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:6-14