For many people, the season of Christmas is a very joyful season. Gathered around a fine dinner, Christmas presents, special Christmas celebrations at the church, the Christmas tree in the house, and much more. What is the story behind Christmas?
The story of Christmas
The Bible is telling at least three times the Christmas story. In the gospels of Mathew, Mark, and Luke you find stories. Somethings are the same, some elements are only in one of the versions. The Christmas story is seen as a story of hope. And something surprisingly… ordinary. Good News for the world because a child is born? Well, yes. That’s the story where hope is found. This is the story:
Christmas with a child
A little boy is shopping with his dad during the Christmas season. He’s wondering off, staring at the beautiful Christmas scenes in the store windows. What if he was there when it all happened for real?
Peace on earth?
But, to be honest… They say Christmas is the peaceful season. But is it? Do you see it around you, in your own life or in the world? Is it true that peace is on earth? Or is it just wishful thinking?
You have to look closely, otherwise, you don’t notice the surprising act God is doing. It’s his move to be present in his own creation. You will not see this Christian God move with powerful moves, you will not find him in richness and decadence. You will encounter Him in the vulnerability of a newborn baby, you will encounter Him at the moment Jesus is suffering, broken and when Jesus dies. You will find out that the Christian God is best to be found in the small, in the broken, in the vulnerable.
Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem
Do you know the story of Christmas? Around year zero, a young couple was forced to travel to another town to register themselves. Joseph and Mary were expecting a baby.
Mary, did you know?
Watch this inspirational version of the famous song “Mary did you know’, originally written and composed by Buddy Greene / Mark Lowry. The sand artist is drawing beautiful scenes around this touching Christmas song.
Three wise man
Were they three kings from countries far far away? Were they magi? Stargazers? Wise man from other cultures? We do not know exactly, but they decided to follow a star. And they understood the star was announcing the birth of a new king. In the end, they arrive at a humble place and find Joseph, Mary and their little boy Jesus.
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