Do You Know Christmas?

ATT00001I’ve heard many Christians complain about how our culture has turned Christmas into a celebration of myths and legends like Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, elves, and “holiday decorations.”  We grumble and moan but if we’re not careful we can fall into the same trap.  We practice Christmas ritual, sing traditional songs we think convey Biblical truth, and we teach our children “the traditions of man” as truth.

thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”         Mark 7:13   

Most Christians would agree that we need to believe and follow God’s Word, the Bible, as the basis for the realities of the true faith.  So, here’s a simple test to help you answer the question, “Do you know Christmas?”  How much do you REALLY know about what the Bible tells us about the birth of Jesus Christ?

Using your memory of what the Bible says about the Christmas story, read and mark the answer to each question below.  Read it carefully… some are trick questions.  Guessing is permitted.  Don’t read the true story until you see the answers.

How much do you know?  How much is the “tradition of men? ”

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.         Colossians 2:8  

The Christmas Quiz

[1] How did Mary & Joseph travel to Bethlehem?

  1. Camel
  2. Donkey
  3. Walked
  4. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
  5. Volkswagen
  6. We don’t know

[2] What did the innkeeper tell Mary & Joseph?  

  1. “There is no room in the inn”
  2. “I have a stable you can use”
  3. “Both A&B
  4. None of the above

[3] Jesus was born in a…

  1. Stable
  2. Manger
  3. Cave
  4. Barn
  5. Hospital
  6. We don’t know

[4] What animals were present at Jesus’ birth?  (check all that apply)

  1. Cows
  2. Sheep
  3. Donkeys
  4. Camels
  5. All of the above
  6. Lions & tigers & bears, oh my!
  7. None of the above

[5] Who saw the “star in the East?”

  1. Shepherds
  2. Mary & Joseph
  3. The three kings
  4. A Jewish movie fan
  5. Both A & C
  6. None of the above

[6] Jesus was born on December 25th  and that’s when it’s always been celebrated.

  1. True
  2. False

[7] How many angels spoke to the shepherds? 

  1. A “multitude”
  2. One
  3. Three
  4. A & B

 [8] What sign did the angel tell the shepherds to look for?   

  1. “This way to baby Jesus”
  2. A star
  3. A baby in a manger
  4. “The star stops here”
  5. A baby that doesn’t cry
  6. None of the above

[9] The wise men found Jesus in a…   

  1. Holiday Inn Express
  2. Manger
  3. House
  4. Stable
  5. Good mood
  6. None of the above

Read the New Testament Christmas story:  Only 42 verses – in this order:

Matthew 1:18-24

Luke 2:1-20

Matthew 2:1-16

 

Answers: 

[1]      6           Luke 2:4,5

[2]      4          Luke 2:7

[3]      6          probably a stable because of the use of a manger but the Bible doesn’t really say

[4]      7          no animals are mentioned

[5]      6           This is a trick question.  Matthew 2:1,2  the magi saw the star but they weren’t kings and we  don’t know how many there were

 [6]     F           We don’t know the exact month and day.  The date of December 25th is not probable.  Shepherds would not likely be out in the fields with their flocks in winter… more to be expected would be spring or fall.  It was most common for the sheep to be out in the spring… many scholars agree that March or April are most likely.  In the third century, after Emperor Constantine became a Christian, December 25th was chosen by the Roman Church to change a popular pagan holiday (Winter Solstice) to a Christian celebration.                         The first century church did not celebrate Christmas.  Easter was the big celebration.

[7]    4             Luke 2:8-14   one spoke first to the shepherds then a multitude – No one sang!

[8]    3             Luke 2:12

[9]    3            Matthew 2:10,11

As Bible believing Christians we must be careful what we believe and why we do the things we do … not only at this time, but throughout the year.  This Christmas let’s worship the newborn baby and focus on the Biblical truth in the events of the season to celebrate the coming of the savior of the world.  He who came to take away the sins of the world.

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”         Matthew 1:21  

Do you know Christmas?  Do you know Jesus?  He was born to die for you.

Think about it…

 

Note:  If you found this reconsideration of the myths of Christmas interesting, you might want to read my new book “Why The Wise Men Came To Christmas.”  It’s available on Amazon in print or Kindle or at the bookstore of Silverdale Baptist Church.

Merry Christmas!

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