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The Reality of the Nativity

Posted: December 14, 2016

Just like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, it’s easy to lump the nativity scene in with other festive holiday make-believe figures and mythical characters. Most nativity figurines look so perfectly pleasant and peaceful, when in reality I’d imagine it wasn’t so, making it even easier to count it as a fictional event instead of a real, messy, and potentially smelly manger scene.

But as Pastor John reminded us on Sunday, the nativity scene isn’t just something someone imagined; it isn’t just an old Christmas fairy tale or some ancient folklore, it is a historical event that really happened! And Luke made certain to investigate it from eyewitnesses and write an orderly account, so that we may know for certain that this really happened!

“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
- Luke 1:1-4

Lord, thank you that the nativity scene really happened, although maybe not as perfectly peaceful as it is always depicted. Thank you that Jesus was born to bring salvation to the earth. Help us to share the truth of the nativity scene with those around us this Christmas season. In Jesus’ name, amen.