by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The Story of Christmas
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Luke 1

The Christmas story. What is it? And how did it all begin? Well, there are some who think it is connected somehow with snow and fir trees, holly berries and that sort of thing. Actually, it is unlikely that the Lord Jesus was born on December 25th. We do not know in what season He was born, but probably it was in the fall of the year. Certainly it was not in wintertime when there was snow on the ground. If it had been, the shepherds would not have been out with their sheep. Therefore Christmas really has nothing to do with snow or holly berries or Christmas trees. Now let me qualify that by saying that all these things are lovely, and they have their place - provided they are held in their proper perspective, and if we understand what the Christmas story really is. The Christmas story is that a Savior is born!

The birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem has more historical significance than any other single event in history. His coming made an impact upon the world that is unparalleled. No other event in history has had such far-reaching results. The rising of the sun on the eastern horizon in the dark dawn is not any more transforming to the earth than was the coming of the One to the earth back of the inn in Bethlehem, He who bears the title of ''The Bright and Morning Star'' and ''The Sun of Righteousness.''

Now let us look at the record that we have of this event. To start, we have to go back to the beginning of the human family if we are to understand what it means when Jesus our Lord came into this world ''a little baby thing,'' as George McDonald put it, ''that made a woman cry.'' So let's look at the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (Genesis 2:7, 8)

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