Mary was a young girl who dared to believe the word of God through the angel. Was she honest about not knowing a man? Joseph believed her story. Her cousin, Elizabeth, believed her story. When these pregnant relatives met, the baby in Elizabeth, John, jumped in the womb. What about Mary's parents? They must have believed her!
Anna, a prophetess, and Simeon, an old man, were hanging on to see the promise of Scripture fulfilled.
Shepherds, angels, wise men from the East, and King Herod believed the story!
The ultimate question, of course, is: "Is this narrative true or not?" The secondary question is: "Do we believe the Christmas story?" If the Biblical narrative is not true, then we can just enjoy winter solstice, happy holidays, school break, a few days off from work, and more spending at the malls, etc.
But if it is true, it changes everything! If we believe the story, it changes you and me!
The narrative from 2,000 years ago is surprisingly contemporaneous. If 2015 were the first Christmas, we would still be confronted with the same spiritual, cultural and political issues as then!
Point is: everyone will have to respond in some way to the Christmas story!
Lord Jesus, we celebrate your coming to earth! We believe You are Who Isaiah said You are: "Counselor of Wonder, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace."
Your friendship and partnership in the work of His Kingdom are vital to us here at FMCI.
Blessings multiplied to you,
Bro. Jim Hodges