One that stubbornly sticks with me after all these years happened at my aunt and uncle’s house. When we children opened our gifts, I pouted because I liked my brothers’ better.
Clearly, I missed the point.
Even as young adults, we can still miss the point. We get so wrapped up in shopping, programs, parties and gift exchanges that Christmas passes without us pausing to remember the reason we celebrate: God’s gift of His Son.
Perhaps you’re thinking: I’ve heard the story a hundred times. Manger. Shepherds. Angels. Wise men. Glory to God.
After all, A Charlie Brown Christmas airs at least five times a season.
I enjoy Snoopy like the next girl, but I want us to look deeper. What built up to the familiar account in Luke’s gospel? Why was the gift of Jesus so remarkable?
To answer that question, we need to go back to the Old Testament.
Still Timely Today
Whoa, stop right there. Isn’t the Old Testament outdated?
Just because something is old doesn’t make it outdated. I visited an antique mall a few weeks back and learned that quite the opposite is true. Instead of depreciating, antique items actually increase in value.
II Timothy 3:16 makes clear that all Scripture has merit:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness … (NKJV, emphasis added)
The New Testament doesn’t replace the Old. It underscores its authenticity.
There is an inseparable connection between the two. What is prophesied in the Old Testament we find accurately fulfilled in the New Testament.
The Christmas story is a perfect example. Over the next two weeks, we’ll look at two Old Testament prophecies and see how they came to pass in the New Testament.
Till next time, I’d love to hear what you do to maintain balance and not miss out on the reason we celebrate. How do you enjoy the tinsel but take time out too?
This article in its original form appeared in the Winter 2015 Issue of Girlz 4 Christ. I’m breaking it down here into three parts to share over the Christmas season.