Summary: Part one of our De-santa-tizing Christmas series: After centuries of tradition, Christmas Carols, Rankin & Bass Christmas specials, and countless retellings of the Christmas narrative the whole story has been cleaned up and much of the true meaning has be

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Sermon-07-12-2-Meet the Parents

Christmas Pop Quiz

1– True of False-As long as Christmas has been celebrated, it has been on Dec. 25th. (False, not until about the 4th century was the Dec. 25 date settled on)

2-True or False-Mary and Joseph were married when Mary became pregnant. (False, betrothed not married)

3-Who told Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem? (Ceasar Agustus)

4-How did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem? (most likely walked, only the rich, upper middle class had donkeys and we they were most likely poor based on the offering that they presented at the temple after Jesus birth)

5-What did the innkeeper tell Mary and Joseph?

A-there is no room at the inn

B-I have a stable you can use

C-come back after the xmas rush.

D-None of the above.

(D-no record fo the "innkeeper" saying anything to them)

5-What animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus birth? (Bible doesn’t say)

6-Where do we find the true story of Christmas?

(Matthew & luke)

De-Santa-tizing Christmas-to much of what we associate with the birth of Jesus comes from years of tradition, Christmas pagents, Christmas carols, but ends up having little to do with the true biblical account of what happened that first Christmas morning in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. That first Christmas was not the clean sanitized story that we are used to hearing, it was a dirty, messy, scandalous event and much of what happened then can be lost if we do not understand the world that Jesus was born into.

Over these next 4 weeks want to cut through the commercialism, take away the trappings of tradition in the hopes that we might see the Christmas story with new eyes, adding new depth and meaning to a story that we have all heard countless times.

This morning-meet the parents

Look at Mary and Joseph the young couple that God chose to be the earthly parents for His Son.

To understand them have to understand the marriage customs of the day.

People married much younger than they do today.

Young man-learn a trade so as to support his future spouse, then his family would choose a wife for him.

Joseph-most likely 14-18

Women-12-13-married as soon as they were considered old enough to have children.

The two families would meet-the marriage was usually arranged by the fathers-they would meet and negotiate the bride price-a price that the family of the groom would pay to the family of the bride-it acknowledged that the bride would be a precious loss to her family.

Once this price was agreed upon the agreement was sealed with a drink of wine. Then the groom would make his proposal to the bride by taking the cup of wine that his father had brought, drinking from it and offering it to the woman, symbolically saying that he wanted to make a covenant with her and that he would be willing to give his life for her. If the woman accepted the proposal she would seal the agreement by drinking from the same glass. The moment that happened the two of them were considered to be “betrothed”. This was viewed as a legal contract between the two families.

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