What is traditionally included in the Christmas story?
There’s the trip to Bethlehem, the “No Vacancy” sign at the inn, manger, shepherds and angels, a star, and wisemen.
If you see a Nativity set up that is what you will see.
There is no evidence that the wisemen arrived right around the birth but that’s a different story.
What is not included in any Christmas story is what took place eight days after the birth.
And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Luke 2:21
This rite was first given to Abraham and the male members of his family and servants.
From generation to generation, every male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. Gen 17:12
On the eighth day the boy’s foreskin must be circumcised. Lev 12:3
Jesus was circumcised, which placed Him under the Law.
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. Gal 4:4
If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. Gal 5:3
Being under the Law placed Him under the same judgment from God should He fail like the rest of us!
He didn’t! He faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Heb 4:15
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Cor 5:21
The true Christmas story is not so much a baby born in and placed in a manger. It is as the angel said to the shepherd, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
It is the story of redemption and salvation; it is the story of sacrifice and forgiveness. It is the story of grace and eternal life.
Share this Christmas story with your children, family, and friends!
It can change their lives – eternally!