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Six Things to Know

December 20, 2011

These are things you may not know after reading it 100 times, but here are six of the important facts about Christmas.

As you celebrate the greatest gift given to mankind, consider these six items to enhance your understanding and change your perspective.

  1. Jesus was born in a house. Mary laid him in a manger because there was no room for him in the kataluma, that is, the spare room. All the English translations translate kataluma as “inn” except for the NIV, which translates it correctly. I have written about this here.[1] When the wise men arrive, they visit him in a house.
  2. You already know that the number of wise men is unknown, but you may not know why the church in Bethlehem is the oldest Christian building in the world. In 614 AD when Persian armies overran Damascus and Jerusalem, and all of the Holy Land, their soldiers tore down all the churches and chapels in Palestine. Except one. When they entered the church at Bethlehem, they saw themselves; that is, they saw the mosaic of the wise men, dressed in Persian clothes, and so they turned aside and spared the Church of the Nativity from destruction.
  3. We all know that there are two genealogy lists, one in Matthew, the other in Luke, but how many readers know that there are four women listed in the genealogy of Matthew as ancestors of Jesus: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Uriah’s wife (this is the unnamed Bathsheba). Three of the women are Gentiles.
  4. The Wise Men deceived Herod (Matthew 2:16) to save the baby Jesus, just as the Hebrew women deceived the Pharaoh when the lives of children are in danger. What does the Bible hiding the truth telling when lives are in danger?
  5. “His name shall be called Immanuel, God with us” (Matthew 1:23). A person wrote on my blog last week that the only name for God (hmm, an Anglo Saxon name for the deity) is Jehovah, or “I am.” But naming Jesus Christ “Immanuel”, meaning, “the Immanence of El,” releases us from the pressure to call Him by any one name.
  6. Mary was “with child,” not with tissue (Luke 2:5). The unborn are children, children, children. I need ten minutes of your time to see the glory of an unborn child here.[2]

And Merry Christmas!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ilze permalink
    December 21, 2011 6:23 am


    Given that you are into facts …

    Why are you celebrating christmas?

    Can you give me one text in the Bible that even suggests that we should be celebrating christmas?

    Are you keeping any of the feasts that the Almighty required of us to keep?

    If we don’t stick to the Bible, how can Muslims have respect for the “gospel” we try to bring them?

    • December 21, 2011 10:49 pm

      I would give up celebrating Christmas if I thought I could save more Muslims. The occasion of Christmas in Kurdistan gave us (two years in a row) the chance to gather new believers and tell Don Richardson’s story, Peace Child. We looked for every advantage to preach Christ, including the Christmas celebration.

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