This month at Pastors Today, I explore ways Matthew’s stories of Jesus’ birth have not been preached so well, and what to do instead.
It may seem to be impossible to misinterpret the birth narratives in our advent sermons. What could be easier to preach at Christmas than the birth of Jesus? What could be harder to misread than these plain, simple stories of Jesus coming into the world?
But when we turn off our interpretational radar, we are likely to crash and burn.
Unfortunately, pastors often substitute secondary applications for the primary interpretation in their Christmas sermons. We sideline the main purpose for these stories – to teach about Jesus – and focus on the incidental actions of the characters instead.
How does that happen? Let’s look at Matthew’s birth narratives and see.
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