Did You Know?
John D. Telgren

Did you know that no one knows when Jesus was born, and that it was most likely not on December 25th?

Did you know that it was likely that the stable where Jesus was born was likely in a cave, and that the manger was nothing more than a feeding trough?

Did you know that the wise men did not come to Jesus in the stable, but later in a house, that the Bible does not state how many there were (Matt 2:1,11), and that these "magi" were actually magicians or astrologers probably from Persia?

Did you know that the name "Jesus" was one of the most common everyday names among Jews? That the name was "Yeshua" or Joshua, and was so common that it could be compared to "Joe," or "Bob" or something like that?

Did you know that the Bible does not instruct us to commemorate the birth of Christ, and that out of the four gospels in the Bible which tell of the life of Christ, only Matthew and Luke give us birth narratives, but all four give us extended passion narratives about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus?

Did you know that the Bible instructs us to commemorate the death, burial, resurrection, and coming return of Christ, and that we do it through communion services (1 Cor 11:23-26)?

Did you know that when Jesus was born, it was actually God being born in a human body (John 1:1-14)? That he was really human (Hebrews 2:14)? That he could have had pimples, skinned knees, cuts, and bruises growing up?

Did you know that Jesus felt the same urge to do the wrong thing as all humans do, but was able to control himself? Did you know that because of this along with his crucifixion and resurrection, he goes to God on behalf of Christians and pleads their case (Hebrews 4:14-16?

Did you know that if you make Jesus your master in every area of your life, he will come back and take you to Heaven (Rom 10:9; Rom 6:1-7; Col 2:11-15; 1 Thess 4:16 - 5:11; Rev 14:13)?