Have you started rushing around the shops to get those last minute items yet? Have you forgot to buy for anybody? When it comes to people, Matthew’s introduction to Jesus’ birth does them in a big way. We get 16 verses of names. Although genealogies don’t mean very much to many of us in the […]
[Mary] entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!’ (Luke 1:40-42) It seems probable that Mary, following Gabriel’s announcement that […]
An angel of the Lord appeared to him… the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.’ (Luke 1:11-13, TNIV) Advent is about God entering this world in person. In a way that […]
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world… And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem. (Luke 2:1, 3-4) If the Advent story were a book plot then […]
Even when we bring together our greatest minds and our most extensive vocabularies, we cannot adequately describe Jesus because He is always more. He is the Father’s indescribable gift to us.
1 Samuel 16:7: ” … For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” One thing clear from the Christmas story is that God doesn’t see things the same way as us. Some people just saw a small helpless baby in that […]