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Reviewed by: John Woon, Family Connect 1 Small Group
What do we really know about Christmas? What comes across your mind?
Did you know that the wise men of the East did at some point lost sight of the star (Matthew 2:2)? Did you know that the angels did not sing (Luke 2:13-14)? Did you know that the wise men did not come to the manger at the inn; they came to a house (Matthew 2:11)? Did you know that the wise men did not present the gifts to a baby Jesus but to a young child (Matthew 2:16)?
The wise men saw a star the shepherds missed. And the shepherds heard angels the wise men never knew existed. Mary pondered thoughts in her heart that were too deep for the shepherds. And Simeon saw in Christ a sacred significance that even Mary didn’t understand.
The author wrote:
On Christmas, Jesus came into the world that was unhappy, suspicious, fearful, needy; a world of moral degradation, low ethical standards, and bitter hatred. The darkness of that night was matched only by the gloom of the spirit that pervaded the countryside.
But God surprised the world with a great company of the heavenly host appearing with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
Christmas is light, more than the light from a new star… it’s the light of God’s eternal love shining through midnight of man’s despair, proving that He believes in mankind.
Christmas is giving, not of wise men to God, but of God to men who would be wise enough to receive the gift of His Son. Every man could have seen the star and understood it, but only the wise men followed it.
To understand the true spirit of Christmas then and now, this book is definitely worth reading.