We know all about the first Christmas, right? I mean we hear about the details in Christmas carols and programs and sermons, see them depicted on cards and church bulletins and manger scenes. But do we know the Biblical version? Here’s a fun little quiz to find out. (Feel free to print it out and pass it along if you’re interested). Answers at the bottom.
Directions: based on what the Bible says, decide if the following statements are true or false. (Hint: if the Bible is silent on the matter, it should be considered false).
1. Jesus’s birth was predicted to Joseph by an angel in a dream.
2. Mary was a virgin at the time of Jesus’s birth.
3. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph’s place of residence.
4. The innkeeper told Joseph there was no room in the inn
5. Jesus was born on a cold winter’s night.
6. The stable was a wooden structure.
7. There were kings from the east who visited Jesus after he was born.
8. There were three of these visitors.
9. These visitors followed a star from the East to Jerusalem in search of the Christ child.
10. The star which the visitors saw was an especially bright star.
11. The visitors arrived on camels.
12. Herod told the visitors to go to Bethlehem.
13. These visitors came to Jesus and saw Him in the manger where he had been placed after birth.
14. These visitors were joined by shepherds who came to worship Jesus.
15. The shepherds also saw the star which had guided the other visitors.
16. A host of angels appeared to the shepherds and sang praised to God.
17. In a dream God warned Mary that Jesus’s life was in danger.
18. Mary and Joseph took Jesus back to Nazareth to escape the danger.
19. Mary remained a virgin and never had any other children.
20. God can do the impossible, which makes belief in the Christmas miracles possible.
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1. true – though His birth was also predicted to Mary
2. true – see Matthew 1:24-25
3. false – they were from Nazareth and only went to Bethlehem because it was required by the government
4. false – the innkeeper doesn’t make an appearance in the Biblical account
5. false – the Bible doesn’t say what kind of a night it was
6. false – the Bible doesn’t describe the stable
7. false – the eastern visitors were magi or wisemen specializing in such studies as astrology
8. false – the Bible doesn’t specify how many magi there were—only that they presented three types of gifts
9. false – they saw a star in the East and went to Jerusalem where they would expect to find a king; they then followed the star from Jerusalem to Bethlehem
10. false – the Bible never refers to the star as bright
11. false – the Bible doesn’t mention camels
12. true – after learning from the scribes where Messiah was to be born, Herod told the magi
13. false – the magi came to a house.
14. false – the magi didn’t arrive the night Jesus was born; the shepherds who were already in Judea went immediately after they heard the birth announcement
15. false – the Bible doesn’t mention that the shepherds saw the star
16. false – Scripture doesn’t say these angels sang
17. false – God warned Joseph, not Mary
18. false – they went to Egypt, not Nazareth
19. false – Mary had a number of other children, among them James who wrote the book of the Bible that bears his name.
20. true – Gabriel stated this to Mary when she asked how she being a virgin could give birth to a son (Luke 1:37)
Questions? Read Matthew 1:18-2:15; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20. Or feel free to ask them here.