Hello lovely readers!
As we get nearer and nearer to Christmas day, the stress level seems to hit the top of the charts as we try to rush those last Christmas gifts, finish up the last bits of wrapping, and hope you don't run out of ingredients for all the Christmas baking that you still have to do.
In all of the bustle, we tend to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Even as Christians we can sometimes get 'wrapped up' (excuse the pun) with the gifts, the baking, the things to be done, etc, etc. It isn't easy to sit back and just think about that very first Christmas. That holy night when our Savior was born. can you imagine what it must have been like? What was going through the minds of those Shepherds when they saw their Messiah before them? Did they realize that He was actually going to DIE for them, or were they like the rest of the Jews, thinking He would be powerful and smite their enemies? What about the wise men? Did they really realize WHO He was? Who that babe would be when He grew up? I mean, they knew He was the Messiah, but could they have really known Who and What He would become? And Joseph! What about Joseph? As he gazed down at the babe in Mary's arms, did doubtful thoughts run through his mind? Thoughts like, how am I going to raise the Son of God? What kind of a father can I be to him? How can I give Him the training that He needs?
Then there was Mary. The woman who had carried this child for 9 months, knowing that she was going to give birth to something so special, so wonderful. How humbled she must have felt when that Angel first told her these tidings. How in awe must she have been? Did she realize that those tiny feet had walked in Heaven? That the little voice, now making nothing but baby noises, had once commanded Angels? Did she realize that when she was kissing his little cheek, that she was kissing the Son of God? Below is the song that asks those very questions. Mark Lowry wrote this song, and, although there have been many different versions out there, I think his is the best.
Alright, to see how well y'all know the Christmas story, I'm putting up a quiz. Now, there are a few rules that you need to follow, so please be sure to read them below. :-)
1. You must answer these off the top of your heads NO LOOKING in your bible to find the answer. Answer as honestly as you can remember and no cheating. This is just for fun, so let's try to keep it that way. :-) I promise I won't share your answers with anyone.
2. You'll need to write the answers in a comment. be sure to number each answer to the question (ex. Question #1: Who was Mary? -you would put- Answer #1: a. She was the virgin who gave birth to Jesus Christ.
3. You will then submit your comment. I WILL NOT be publishing them, just so y'all know. Otherwise it might give answers away. :-) I might decide to post them after the quiz is done, but if you don't want yours posted, please be sure to say so.
4. Spread the word about this!!! It will be fun to see your friend's and family's answers! :-)
Just so y'all know, I didn't get all of these right. So, no pressure. :-) Also, I recommend that you write your answers down somewhere else so that when I post the correct answers, you can go back and check them (in the case that your comment wasn't published). :-) Alright! So here it goes!
Question #1: When Mary became pregnant, Mary and Joseph were:
a. married b.engaged
c. just friends d. none of the above
Question #2: When Mary became pregnant...
a. Joseph Married her b. Joseph wanted to dissolve their relationship
c. Mary left Nazareth for a while d. and Angel told them to go to Bethlehem
e. Both B and C f. Both B and D
Question #3: Who directed Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?
a. Herod b. An angel
c. Caesar d. The IRS
Question #4: Joseph's family was originally from:
a. Jerusalem b. Bethlehem
c. Nazareth d. None of the above
Question #5: For the journey to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph...
a. Walked b. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
c. Took a bus d. The Bible does not say.
Question #6: Who told Joseph to name the bay Jesus?
a. Mary b. the chief priests and scribes
c. and angel of the Lord. d. Herod the king
Question #7: What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?
a. There's no room at the inn b. I have a stable out back
c. Both A and B d. None of the above
Question #8: The baby Jesus was most likely born in a:
a. cave b. tent
c. stable d. house
Question #9" What animals were present at Jesus birth?
a. cows, sheep, and camels b. cows, chickens and donkeys
c. lions, tigers, and bears d. the Bible does not say.
Question #10: What was a manger anyway?
a. a small shed b. a feeding trough
c. a place to keep hay d. a Greek term for a nursery.
Question #11: When did baby Jesus cry?
a. when He saw the wise men b. whenever babies usually cry
c. when the cattle started lowing d. no crying He makes
Question #12: How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
a. A multitude b. one
c. two- Gabriel and Michael d. who knows
Question #13: What sign were the shepherds to look for?
a. a star over a stable b. a barn outlined with Christmas lights
c. a baby in a manger d. both A and C
Question #14: Just what is a "heavenly host"?
a. an angelic choir b. the welcoming angel in heaven
c. an army of angels c. none of the above
Question #15: What song did the angels sing?
a. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" b. Handel's Messiah
c. "Glory to God in the Highest" d. none of the above
Question #16: Who saw the star over Bethlehem?
a. Mary and Joseph b. the wise men
c. shepherds d. Both B and C
e. None of the above
Question #17: How many wise men (or magi) came to see Jesus?
a. one b. three
c. Twelve d. the Bible doesn't say
Question #18: What in the world are Magi?
a.Persian tribal kings b. men of a sacerdotal caste
c. magicians d. astrologers
Question #19: When the wise men brought their gifts to Jesus, they found Him in:
a. a stable b. a house
c. a church d. an inn
Question #20: For about 250 years after Christ's birth, Christmas was celebrated on:
a. January 6 b. March 21
c. May 20 d. It was note celebrated at all.
Alright! Write down your answers, put them in a comment, and post it. Now be sure to tell all your friends. :-) I'll be posting a couple other quizzes in the next day or two. I'd hoped to get this done several days before Christmas so I had more time... however, it is what it is. :-) This year has been slightly wacky for our family. Mostly just that we haven't been able to do all the 'traditions' we normally do. However, it is wonderful to know that even though this Christmas season might be different, our Savior never changes. :-)