If you were going to tell the story of Christmas to people who didn’t know it, or maybe hadn’t thought about it very much, where would you start?
I had to think about this the other day when I heard a Christmas story proposed for such an audience. It began by talking about the experience of giving and receiving gifts and led to a discussion of John 3:16. Well, I guess any part of the New Testament is an outgrowth of the Christmas story, but I didn’t think the narrative said what I would want to say.
I think I might start the Christmas story with, “There once was a man named Abraham.”
Do you think that is also a strange place to begin the Christmas story?
Have a look at Matthew 1:1.