While many people are familiar with the birth story of Jesus, few of us recognize how religiously and politically subversive His birth narrative is. The birth accounts of Jesus undermine several core ideas in most religious and political worldviews.
Did Jesus learn? I got into a debate recently with some people who think Jesus never had to learn anything. This sounds like Gnostic heresy to me. One thing the Gnostics believed was that Jesus wasn’t fully human, but only appeared human. Learning is part of being human, right?
Was Jesus born in a barn? Or a stable? Or a cave? No, probably not. We get this idea from Christmas carols, artwork, and other stories, but the Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus do not indicate that He was born in a stable, a barn, or a cave. Instead, He was most likely born in a house.