The Doctor Doubted The Christmas Miracle

December 21, 2017

Dr. Len Broughton, a medical doctor, was a church going man but had a problem with Christmas.  He wasn’t bothered by the commercialism of the season; his

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problem was the central miracle of Christmas.  He simply couldn’t bring himself to believe in the virgin birth of Christ.  Everything he had learned in medical school and observed in his work seemed to contradict this miracle birth that everyone kept talking about.  Reason, he felt, forced him to reject the reason for the season. Then one Sunday morning everything changed for this doubting doctor.

Having begun his practice in a rural area, Dr. Broughton attended a small country church and one Sunday morning the pastor took the first verse in the Bible as the text for his sermon: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  He then told his hearers that if they could believe God was there before the beginning they could accept everything else in the Bible.

Dr. Broughton saw the pastor’s logic and in that moment traded his doubts for faith.  From that time on, he had no difficulty believing in the virgin birth of Christ.  The miracle of Christmas now made sense to him.

Interestingly, it was another medical doctor who recorded the facts about Christ’s birth that are read in nearly every Christmas program: Dr. Luke (called “the beloved physician” in the Bible).  His announcement of the birth of Christ was clear and to the point:  “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”  But the impact of that humble birth was so earth shaking it’s impossible to fully explain.

H.G. Wells concluded he could not write a history of the world and ignore the one born in Bethlehem, calling Him the most unique person of history.
Dr Arnold Toynbee, the famed historian, wrote: “As we stand and gaze with our eyes fixed upon the farther shore of history, a simple figure arises from the flood and straightway fills the whole horizon.  There stands the Savior.”

Phillips Brooks, who wrote “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” said, “I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched and all the navies that were ever built and all the parliaments that every sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as much as that one solitary life—the life of Christ.

Dr. Luke also reveals that the first visitors to the manger weren’t physicians, attorneys, kings or politicians: they were humble shepherds who had been tending their flocks by night on a hillside near Bethlehem.  Shepherds with the smell of their flocks on their clothes were the first to worship at Christmas, reminding us our Lord is approachable for us all.

After worshipping at the manger, the shepherds became the first missionaries.  Their purpose in life now centered on the One who would call himself the Good Shepherd and those who follow their example will find this to be just what the doctor ordered.

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