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Category Archives: Christmas

Why Myrrh?

Another royal gift given to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men was myrrh. Like frankincense, myrrh is harvested by cutting into the trunk of the myrrh bush and letting the wound bleed. The sap that oozes out hardens and is then picked from the tree and used for perfumes, incense, and embalming. The principle […]

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Why Frankincense?

We don’t actually know how many Wise Men came to worship the baby Jesus. Tradition maintains there were three because there were three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. All three are significant in that they are gifts befitting a king. But in addition, all three have symbolic significance. Frankincense is found in the scraggly, but […]

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Wise People Follow Him

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Of all the stories associated with the birth of Jesus Christ, the story of the Wise Men raises the most questions and intrigues me most. How did they know about the King of the Jews? How did they recognize the star? What made them come so far? Who were they? Did it take them weeks, […]

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Follow The Star

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I’ve always thought it fitting that the Light of the World was introduced by a bright, new star. LIGHT! Close your eyes for a moment and imagine being in a dark, dark room when suddenly a speck of light appears. Slowly the light grows until the room is illuminated as if by noon-day sun. Even […]

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Shepherds and Saviors

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  The night of the birth of the Savior shepherds worked hard on the outskirts of Bethlehem tending their flocks. The fact that there were many shepherds rather than a single shepherd leads some to believe that the birth of Christ took place in the springtime when the new lambs were being born. Usually only […]

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Angels We May Be

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There is one thread that weaves through the entire Nativity story—the angels. The English word angel comes from the Greek word angelos which means “messenger.” A messenger is someone who carries a message from one person to another and these messengers carried the Glad Tidings or Good News from God to man. First the angel […]

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Born In A Stable

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A stable cave We all know that Jesus was born in a stable, but the facts about that stable are not so well understood. The word the King James translators choose to translate as inn, kataluma, is the same word that Mark and Luke later use for the Upper Room in which the Last Supper is […]

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Why Did Mary Swaddle Her Baby?

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When we read that Mary swaddled her baby, we think she merely wrapped him in a blanket. But that’s not what it meant to Mary and Joseph. The reason swaddling was a significant sign for the shepherds is that instead of meaning simply wrapped, swaddling was a ritual performed for all legitimate babies. I like to imagine the process […]

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