Note: This is an edited post from a blog I had written in 2009. I thought it would be fitting to repost it for Christmas.
In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over a picket fence. One asks, “Anything new happen lately?” The other responds, “Nothing much. A new baby was born over at Tom Lincoln’s place, but nothing much ever happens around here.”
Can you imagine the same thing happening in Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born? Can you picture some people standing just outside the Inn? “Anything new happen around here?” “Nothing much, just a baby born down in the stable, but nothing much ever happens around here.”
The point of the cartoon in the New York World was obvious: when Lincoln was born, no one knew how much he would impact history. But what makes the birth of Jesus Christ different? This is the ultimate question for us as Christians. Read more »