Google+ 12/18/13 The Proof is in the Pudding!

Luke 2:6-7

 

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.

She gave birth to her first child, a son.

She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger,

Because there was no lodging available for them.

 

In part three of our nine-part devotion series entitled, "Taxes, Travel, and Temptations!" the apostle Luke tells us that Jesus is born.  Don't we all know that?  The answer to that question is a resounding "NO!"  We Christians have a tendency to take important facts and Biblical events for granted.  Everyone doesn't know that Jesus, the Son of God, was born.  Some of the largest religions, and yes Christian denominations, do not acknowledge that Jesus was truly the Son of God.  We may not want to tell the truth on this subject as our statement of fact is often translated into some form of judgment.  As a friend of mine in the clergy once told me, "Dave, telling the truth in love about Jesus is never judging."  He was right.  The Bible IS the Word of God.  This statement means there is no need to write "companion" books to explain the Scripture.  The Bible didn't leave anything out so there is no need to manufacture "new saints" or dismiss old ones.  It is not necessary to "prove" that Mary delivered a child through Immaculate Conception.  The Bible says that is exactly what happened, in great detail, and our faith should lead us to a correct conclusion.  There has been much discussion, by Christian "scholars," centered around whether Jesus was born in a barn, cave, or some other structure.  I lobby that our Scripture today points out that none of that is important.  If that is the message we choose to focus on this Christmas, we have missed the point.  Jesus was laid in a feeding trough after He was born.  The inn was full and that is completely believable.  Remember that there was a census going on and everyone was in town!  This Christmas let's not make the false assumption that everyone understands the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Obviously they don't or the entire world would be Christians!  Tell the story and tell it accurately.  Don't get bogged down in details that simply don't matter.  Mary gave birth to the Son of God, exactly as Scripture said she would.  "The Proof is in the Pudding!"