Sunday, December 21, 2014

IS THE BIRTH OF JESUS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE?: SCS No. 31


Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 31

(We at Project Dream Again hope these sermonettes bring some measure of peace to your soul and maybe spark a thought you then share with someone else in your life.)

Scripture for Today:
Luke 2:1-7 King James Version (KJV)
2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.




Sermon for Today:

This time of year the reliability of the story of the birth of Jesus in the Gospels is always up for discussion.  I am not surprised when an atheist or agnostic doubts the accounts, but I am when people who claim to be Christians say they only believe parts of the accounts.  They usually have trouble with the virgin birth or with it being historically accurate.  Why am I surprised?  Because if they are a Christian and have a relationship with Christ which is what being a Christian means then they know the unlimited power of Christ and His Father the Creator of all.

The Gospels are as reliable as any ancient documents that are commonly trusted.  The best test of their trustworthiness is the fact they appeared so soon after the events they record and while people were still alive who could attest to their facts.  Do they agree on every point?  The answer is no.  Do we have any of the first manuscripts? Again, the answer is no.  Do we have other sources that mention any of the facts in the Gospels?  The answer is yes.  The Gospels can be trusted as historical documents.

Now back to can we trust the accuracy of the birth story?  My answer to you is simple.  If you trust Jesus for anything, then you should not have any trouble with the story of His birth.  If you pray for God’s help on any occasion then you must think God real enough and powerful enough to intervene in this world.  That being the case you should have no problem with the birth story.  Just put your faith in it like you do in Him and have a wonderful celebration of His coming into this world.


Prayer for Today:

Father, May the world find the peace that Your Son came into the world to bring.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.



© Ed Cooper, December 21, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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