Did Kings really come to see baby Jesus?
The popular Christmas carol, “We Three Kings of Orient Are” is most likely inaccurate for two reasons: the visitors probably weren’t rulers of nations, nor are they likely to have come from what we think of as the Orient, eastern Asia. The Kings or “Magi” were most probably Zoroastrian astrologers who were advisers to the […]
Why is the birth of Jesus “Good News”?
In a world where daily headlines shout bad news 24/7, there remains one story that is not just good news, but the best news for all of mankind for all time. That good news of Christmas dates back to the creation of the world by God and the creation of man, the only creature who […]
Why celebrate the birth of Jesus in December?
The winter celebration of the birth of Christ dates first appears on a Roman calendar in 336 AD, centuries after the event took place. Scholars believe that there may have been an attempt to co-opt an existing pagan festival that marked the coming of the light after the shortest day of the year. Clues in […]
How could Jesus be born to a virgin?
The Bible explains what is known as the virgin birth. She became pregnant not through a man, but through a supernatural act of God. “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be […]
What is the Great Commission that Jesus announced? Is it for everyone?
Christians often refer to a passage at the end of the Gospel of Matthew as the Great Commission. After the death and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem, he met with them back in the region of Galilee which had been home for the disciples. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and […]