The Christmas Story


“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people” (Luke 2:10).

In Luke’s account of the Christmas story, an angel announced the birth of Jesus to a group of shepherds (notice that it’s a group of shepherds and not merely three wise men).

The joy was not for a few people, but for all. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son” (John 3:16).

In order to share this good news we must correct ourselves from some of the most common misconceptions about Jesus Christ’s birth. The problem is, the Christmas story may be entirely wrong. The events surrounding the birth have been retold so many times and in so many ways- in plays, poetry, books, songs and movies – that mot people have a distorted view of the true events. The only accurate record is found in the Holy Bible, God’s Word.

Firstly, there were not three wise men as movies or plays would suggest, rather, many wise men or shepherds as Luke noted. scripture does report wise men (“magi”) came, but it does not say how many. Also, the wise men did not visit Jesus when he was still lying in the manger, as commonly shown on greeting cards  and in plays. The “magi”did not arrive until sometime after Christ’s presentation in the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 2:22-39).

Secondly, Jesus was not born in a manger as the songs would suggest, rather, he was placed in a manger after birth. Scripture simply reports that they laid Jesus in a manger because there was no room for him in the guest room.

Thirdly, there was no little drummer boy. Th drummer of is, of course, not in the biblical story, but his presence has become legendary in our modern Christmas imagination.

As we share the life changing message of Jesus with others, like God intended, we join the worldwide chorus proclaiming “the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love.” We must share the Christmas story, free from myths or tales with only what the Word of the Lord tells us an account given by Luke who saw no little drummer boy, witnessed not three but many shepherds who came to see Jesus after his birth. We must share why Jesus came – to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), save people from sin (Matthew 1:21), and tone the saviour of the world (1 John 4:14).

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”


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