The Christmas story evokes many touching images. Halos, fresh hay, shepherds carrying newborn lambs, and young motherhood all 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.
It is one of the most strikingly unusual stories in all of history.
And its main emphasis is not on Jesus' infancy, but on his deity—and why deity took the form of an infant.
In this collection of Christmas insights and messages, Dr. James Montgomery Boice emphasizes the incredible implications of one of our favorite true stories.
The Christmas story has deep meaning today, not merely as a nice bedtime story for children or a narrative in a choral concert, but as a foundation point of your salvation and your new life in Jesus—the omnipotent, omniscient, righteous Christ of Christmas.
Table of Contents:
Christ and Christmas
1. The Christmas Story According to Jesus Christ
2. What Child Is This?
The Virgin Birth and Christmas
3. The Virgin Birth and History
4. Matthew’s Witness to the Virgin Birth
5. The Genealogies
6. The Virgin Birth and Christian Faith
The First Christmas
7. The King in a Manger
8. No Room in the Inn
9. The Men Who Missed Christmas
10. The Men Who Found Christmas
11. The Gifts of Faith
12. Returning Another Way
The People of Christmas
13. Simeon’s Psalm
14. The Little People of Christmas
15. How to Celebrate Christmas
16. The Indescribable Gift
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 ‘The Bible Study Hour’.
"In our post-Christian culture, people no longer look to the Bible for the Christmas story - rather, we make Christmas into a sentimental holiday that centers around our personal stories. For those who wish to celebrate the birth of Christ in a thoughtful and festive way, James Boice has written an excellent guide. The perfect way to reflect on the true meaning behind the historic birth of Jesus Christ!" - Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"The death of James M. Boice left a large void in the realm of Christ-centered expositon. These Christmas studies provide a master class for preachers and a terrific resource for all who wish to learn or present the greatest story ever told." - Alistair Begg, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio