Here is my second Christmas wish:
What if this is the year your Christmas is reborn?
What if Jesus is “the answer” you have been seeking to all of the loneliness of your life?
What if He really is, The Son of God who promises to never, ever, leave you or forsake you?
In his book, What If It’s True?, Charles Martin asks these questions,
“What if every single word of this story is absolutely true and I can trust it?“
“What if the King of the universe is speaking directly to me through the words of His book?”
The Birth of Jesus ~ From The Passion Translation
During those days, the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, ordered that the first census be taken throughout his empire. (Quirinius was the governor of Syria at that time.) Everyone had to travel to his or her hometown to complete the mandatory census. So Joseph and his fiancé, Mary, left Nazareth, a village in Galilee, and journeyed to their hometown in Judea, to the village of Bethlehem, King David’s ancient home. They were required to register there, since they were both direct descendants of David. Mary was pregnant and nearly ready to give birth.
When they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary went into labor, and there she gave birth to her firstborn son. After wrapping the newborn baby in strips of cloth, they laid him in a feeding trough since there was no available space in any upper room in the village.
An Angelic Encounter
That night, in a field near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!”
Then all at once, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing:
“Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven!
For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”
When the choir of angels disappeared back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go! Let’s hurry and find this Word that is born in Bethlehem and see for ourselves what the Lord has revealed to us.” So they ran into the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in a feeding trough.
Upon seeing this miraculous sign, the shepherds recounted what had just happened. Everyone who heard the shepherds’ story was astonished by what they were told.
But Mary treasured all these things in her heart and often pondered what they meant.
Luke 2: 1-19 TPT
What If It’s True?
What if every single word of this story is absolutely true and I can trust it?
What if the King of the universe is speaking directly to me through the words of His book?
And I believe His Word is true, how should I respond?
This book is the result of that exploration. With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways.
Writing as our guide, Martin uses a storyteller’s imagination to illuminate key moments of the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple—and bondservant—of Christ and mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.