Where the Christmas Story Begins

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.