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Who Is Lying in the Manger? (1 of 5)
Series: Hope For The Holidays
Dr. Rick White
To borrow from Charles Dickens' famous opening line, Christmas can be "the best of times and the worst of times." It is ironic that this blessed holy day has become the most complex of all our holidays. This year we want Christmas to be the best of times for you and your family. During this blessed season of the year we are going to revisit some old and familiar biblical passages that hopefully will yield new and fresh blessings and bring "Hope For The Holidays."
A little girl came home from Sunday School triumphantly waving a paper. "Mommy!" she said. "My teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she has ever seen!"
The mother studied the picture for a moment and concluded it was indeed a very peculiar Christmas picture. "This is wonderfully drawn, but why have you made all these people riding on the back of an airplane?" the mother gently asked.
"It's the flight into Egypt," the little girl said, with a hint of disappointment that the picture's meaning was not immediately obvious.
"Oh," the mother said cautiously. "Well, who is the mean-looking man at the front?" "That's Pontius, the Pilot," the girl said, now visibly impatient. "I see. And here you have Mary and Joseph and the baby, the mother volunteered. Studying the picture silently for a moment, she summoned the courage to ask, "But who is this fat man sitting behind Mary?" The little girl sighed. "Can't you tell? That's Round John Virgin!"
[MacArthur, Miracle of Christmas, pp.13-14]
True joy comes from a realization of what Christmas is really all about and from knowing the One whose birth we celebrate. However, there is a danger of reducing who was born in Bethlehem's manger and missing the reality of Christmas.
(Read Hebrews 10:5-10 NIV)
Here is an unbelievable conversation that took place between the Father and Son that brings us to the very ...
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