The Christmas story evokes many touching images. Halos, fresh hay, shepherds carrying newborn lambs and young motherhood in blue homespun. Itís enough to bring tears to the eyes of Christmastime churchgoers.
But the Christmas story is more than sentimental - it is powerful.
It deals with real people, it involves pain and it is one the most strikingly unusual stories in all of history.
Above all, its main emphasis is not on the infancy of Jesus but on the deity of Jesus - and why that deity took the form of an infant.
Itís a story that still has deep meaning today.
James Montgomery Boice (BA Harvard; BD Princeton; ThD University of Basel) was the pastor of historic 10th Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia PA. Although he died in the year 2000, he can still be heard today on the radio ministry ĎThe Bible Study Hourí