The Nativity Story

We can find the record or account of the birth of our Lord Jesus only in two books in the New Testament. The first is in the gospel according to Matthew 1:8-25-2:1-23, which, records events before and after Christ’s birth. Second, the gospel according to Luke 2:1-40, which, records the events prior to Mary’s conception, the actual conception and the birth of the Lord Jesus.

We can read the account of the visit of the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12. A careful study of the record indeed reveals important facts that differ from the traditional story we have always known. The visit of the magi is historically, a post Christmas event (v.1 NIV) and they have found the child Jesus in a house (v.11), not in a stable, contrary to what traditional Bethlehem scenes depict, almost two years after His birth (v.16).

You would notice in the account of St Luke particularly starting in chapter 2:21 and the following that 40 days after the birth, Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to the temple. Then in verse 39, Luke wrote that when the ceremony of presenting the child, and purifying the mother, was all over, they returned into Galilee. Luke related no more concerning them until Jesus was twelve years old. There seemed a twelve years gap. However, it appears in the gospel according to St. Matthew particularly in the second chapter that they returned to Bethlehem in those silent years, stayed there for nearly two years before the wise men from the east found them.

Enemies of the gospel say that either Luke was wrong in his writing or the wise men’s story was only a mere concoction of the early Christians. I adamantly disagree to that notion. I would like to share this article to help us defend our faith against those who refute the infallibility of the holy Bible.

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