|A picture betrays some horrid lies!|
Above is a typical picture depicting the nativity scene, the wise men of the east presenting their precious gifts to, and worshiping, the new born babe - in a stable, with the bleating sheep and mooing cows.
The shepherds met the new born King in the manger, who was there only for the few necessary days .
8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger
ON THE OTHER HAND, the wise men met the YOUNG CHILD King Jesus in the house of Mary and Joseph much later, when they eventually found him. When these wise men were making their way to Jerusalem to meet, and worship the King of the Jews, Jesus was NO LONGER in the manger! He was already in Joseph and Mary's HOME. Quite a long time had elapsed before they found the King of the Jews, and presented unto Him their precious gifts, and worship.
Read Matthew 2:1-11.
Verse 11 reads:
"And when they were come into THE HOUSE, they saw the YOUNG CHILD with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Note "the house... the young child.."
As usual, lots of sentimentalism and fables are attached with this pagan thing that the world has introduced into so many churches, and hearts, including those who rave and rant, "we are people of the Boooooook." That is a popular and religious shibboleth - something the present generation is addicted to.
And they will continue believing lies and fables no matter how clear their Book informs them. They, and the world love the sight of a helpless babe in a manger. They hate the sight of Him who is exalted King at the right hand of the Majesty on high!
"We are people of the Booooook.... Sola Scriptura" - they rave on. The devils believe the claims!
p/s Celebrate Christmas if you must, but please don't associate it with Christ or His religion! To do so is to misrepresent Christ, thus grievous and injurious to Christ. Just be honest and say, "I love a festival of pagan origin." That way, you MAY be commended for your honesty.