As we work our way through December, we have continued with our Ignited Christmas series.
In this series, we’ve been using some of IgniterMedia.com‘s Christmas Mini-Movies. This week, we’ll be looking at some of the Nativity story inconsistencies and inaccuracies that we quote as Believers, when in fact they’re not actually found in Scripture.
The REAL Nativity Story
Growing up, I always trusted the lyrics of the Christmas favorite, “Away In A Manger” as completely accurate. We all have loved the scene that is represented in the following lyrics: “…little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.” However, once our first son was born, I realized a serious lyrical inconsistency with this Christmas masterpiece.
I get it that we all love the idea of baby Jesus being this perfect little infant that never cried. But, it would seem inconsistent with the Scriptural concepts that indicate His humility in entering the world as a human, to experience the struggles of life as we have; including tears.
If we ignore the Scriptural argument, let’s just look at it logically. How does a baby communicate a need or want to his or her mother? They communicate through crying. How would Mary know when baby Jesus was hungry, cold, tired, or had soiled himself? Surely, angelic messengers weren’t also charged with communicating those details!
Baby Jesus would have likely communicated with Mary in the same fashion as every other baby before and after Him. The concept of baby Jesus not crying, is not the only song-lyric-gone-Scripture assumption that we have placed into the Nativity story.
Throughout the years, our imaginations have included a number of facts, that aren’t really facts at all. As Believers, can we truly recite the Biblical Nativity story to our unbelieving friends and neighbors without including details that are actually fictional? Today we’ll find out!
Here’s a short titled “Retooning The Nativity” by IgniterMeda.com, that points out some of the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of the quoted Nativity story vs. the Nativity story that we find in Scripture.
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION:
1. What were your initial feelings about this week’s Igniter Media video?
2. How have your thoughts or opinions on the Nativity changed, after seeing this video?
3. In the past, which false pieces of the Nativity story have you been taught or perhaps, just assumed?
4. Now that you have some accurate information; as a group, once again try to recite the true Christmas story, as if someone had never heard it before.
5. Look up Matthew 1:18-2:12. How did you do this week? Did you forget any details?
How have you been quoting Nativity story inconsistencies?