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Ancient Words: Christmas Day, Can you tell the Story?

January 7, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.

By Scott Johnson

A recent Gallup poll states that less than 20% of Americans can tell the story of Christmas--the story of Christmas Day. This is a sad testimony, if true, to our high-tech society which prides itself in gaining knowledge and wisdom. The greatest story ever told remains to be the story of Jesus, the story of his birth, his life, his death, and his resurrection. Songs of old written mostly over 100 years ago pretty much tell the story with passion, power, and perfection. Christmas carols of the 18th century still adorn the airwaves today and lift emotions with joy and happiness and peace. But, can you tell the story?

The Creche scenes have rightly displayed manger images of how Christmas night might have looked for nearly 2,000 years. These replications by man of that Holy Night incite non-believers to have them removed from the courthouse lawns and public squares. Yet, in great sadness and irony, some "believers" scoff at the notion that Christmas night happened that way! But, can you tell the story?

The first Noel, the angels did say

Unto certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star

Shining in the east beyond them far

And to the earth it gave great light

And so it continued both day and night

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel

And by the light of that same star

Three wise men came from country far

To seek for a king was their intent

And follow that star wherever it went

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel

The star drew nigh to the northwest

O'er Bethlehem it took it's rest

And there it did most up and stay

Right over the place where Jesus lay

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel

Christmas Day is the story of the birth of the KING of King--and kings came from afar, traveling exactly 2 years, bearing gifts only a king could give, representing all the nations on earth from Shem, Ham and Jaepeth, and entering Bethlehem on Christmas night to honor the newborn King.

Christmas Day is the story of the birth of the LAMB of God--and shepherds left their flocks at night and hurried to Bethlehem to see the newborn Lamb whose blood will be the flow of crimson to make man white as snow.

Christmas Day is the story of the birth of the SHEPHERD of men--the Great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls-- And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, we shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Tell the story of the King of kings, the Lamb of God, The Shepherd of souls, the Bread of Life, the Redeemer of man, the Savior by grace, the Creator of all, the Lord Incarnate, the Great I AM!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to [email protected]

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