What a great conversation! Everybody is asking everybody else if they’re hearing things, and seeing things, and wondering the same things that they are. The events of that First Christmas are so out of this world that it seems they might be out of their mind, but they’re not! The events of the First Christmas were as real as the presents sitting under my tree with my name on them.
Luke begins his account of the First Christmas with an historical analysis. Luke 2:1-2 tells of the historic context. Luke is sharing history, not a mere story! Luke not only tells you that Quirinius ordered a census, but he identifies it as the first census of his rule in the area. Luke’s specificity is important. He’s not recalling a myth, but issuing a clear fact. The First Christmas is rooted in history, not legend.
Luke goes on to tell the accounts of Jesus’ life through the rest of his Gospel. And, he tells some more amazing things. The lame walk, the blind see, the dead are raised! These also are recorded and told by Luke as historic fact. Finally Luke states the facts of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The reactions of the people on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24 were to have a great conversation! Everybody was asking everybody else if they’re hearing things, seeing things, and wondering the same things that they are. And, they were. The First Easter was also rooted in historic fact.
Extraordinary events are told by Luke. A brilliant star. A chorus of angels. God is born in Bethlehem! It’s true. It’s factual. It’s life-changing. As you look into the manger of Bethlehem and consider God’s Word this Christmas ask yourself if what you’re hearing and seeing and wondering is really true! The facts of Christmas point to an even greater fact: God loves you enough to send you the gift of His son Jesus. Do YOU hear what I hear?