Union County, Blairsville, Georgia Holiday-Winter 2018-2019 - Page 16

Page 16 Union County GA Magazine . Holiday & Winter 2018-19 . www.unioncountymag.com Birth of Christ Child 6,371 miles away 2,022 years ago "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke records the words concerning an event in Bethlehem that would give the little town global fame throughout the history of mankind. The song O Little Town of Bethlehem has made the little town into a very well known geographical location among Americans. Bethlehem had never been a place much thought about, although the prophet Micah predicted something significant would happen there. Sometime around 2,022 years ago the streets of Bethlehem were quite busy. People were coming into the little village to register for the census and pay taxes. Traditional paintings has Mary riding into Bethlehem on a donkey, but there is no historical record which specifically says how Mary got to the town. Another common belief is that Mary gave birth the night she arrived in Bethlehem, although that is never stated in the historical records. The Biblical record only says that she gave birth while they were there in Bethlehem. The night of the birth angels appeared in the sky, but did they sing as suggested in the song Hark! The Herald Angels Sing? The account of the visit to the shepherds never mentions singing. One angel appeared first to the shepherds and made the announcement of the birth. Then a multitude of the heavenly host joined the first angel praising God and By Norm Cooper Editor, Union County GA Magazine saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." Luke clearly states in his account that the angels were speaking, not singing. Nothing about the birth of Jesus was ordinary, from the virgin birth to Joseph having more visits from angels than any other person in scriptural history. It seems rather odd that there was no room in the inn for the couple and they had to stay in a stable. The mother wrapped her newborn in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger. The date of Dec. 25 is celebrated as Christmas day, but very unlikely that is the actual date. The Romans had a pagan holiday on that date. When Emperor Constantine became a Christian, he began the birthday of the Sun of Righteousness as an alternative to the pagan festivals. By the end of the fourth century, the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, also known as Christ Mass, was celebrated throughout most of the Christian world. There is no recorded account of Jesus' birth being celebrated during His time on Earth. Puritans in England outlawed the celebration of Christians in the 1640s. Many people in other parts of the world celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6. Bethlehem was the home of King David. His descendants were required to go there as a result of the decree from Ceasar Augustus. Bethlehem appears in the Old Blairsville Church of Christ Highway 129S, Blairsville Nativity Scene at Union County Mag Office Drawing of the Manger by Jade Testament as Ephrat, where Rachel the beloved matriarch of the Jewish people, the favorite wife of Jacob, died during childbirth. It was the home of Ruth. Abraham, Issac and Jacob lived a mere 15 miles south in a place called Hebren. Joshua commanded the sun to stand still during the famous battle in Gibeon, just 10 miles northwest of Bethlehem. David slew the giant Goliath in Socoh just 12 miles south of Bethlehem. David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem, just six miles north. Luke records, "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David)." The church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the oldest building in Christendom, was built in 330 A.D. by Helena, the mother of Constantine. The cave like room underneath the church is believed to be the actual room where Jesus was born. Luke and Matthew were the only two to write an account of the event. Luke’s gives an account of the ancestry. The account of Luke describes the nativity, activity of the shepherds in the field, the angel’s announcement, the host of angels and the decision of the shepherds to go and seek the babe. Matthew begins with family history back to the time of Abraham, writes about the prophet Micah identify the city, the announcement to Mary and the angel’s visit with Joseph. Matthew leaps forward to a time after the birth, when wise men came from the east. While scenes and plays always place the wise men at the manger, they actually arrived several months later. They first went to Jerusalem in search for the child. Why Jerusalem? They were looking for a future king and that was the capitol city. The search set the city buzzing. They learned the place they were seeking was a little village to the south. The wise men, called Magi, brought gifts with meaning. The gold they brought was used as money during the time that Joesph, Mary and Jesus lived in Egypt. Mountain Presbyterian Church . 62 Church of Christ Drive 706.745.5997 Minister Terry L. Stuart www.blairsvillechurchofchrist.com Sunday Morning Bible Classes - 9:30am, Morning Worship - 10:30am Sunday Evening Worship - 6:00pm except on the fourth Sunday. Wednesday Evening Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Community Lunch the last Friday of the month at Noon at the church 3831 Hwy. 515 E Blairsville, Georgia 706-745-8036 K. 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