18 December 2013

What you may not know about the Christmas story, Part 3 of 3


--Just as the angels appeared to the shepherds on the even of Christ's birth and said, "I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people," and angel told a king in the Americas 124 years before Christ was born, "I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy...though mayest declare unto they people, that they may also be filled with joy."

--The shepherds did not see the star.

--We need to remember that once the shepherds saw the Christ child, they "made known abroad the sayings which was told them concerning this child." "And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds." So they listened to the heavenly messengers, did as they were directed with haste, and then went out and told others.  Men of action!

--Scriptorian's believe that Elizabeth hid the baby John from Herod's horrific slaughter of babies younger than 2 1/2. Zacharias would not tell where John was.  That is why Zacharias was killed 'between the temple and the alter.' (Matthew 23:35)