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Joseph of Arimathea: Emerging from the shadows (Mark 15:42-47)

The four Gospels give a coherent and complementary account of Jesus’ life.  However, relatively few stories are included by all four writers.  The account of Joseph of Arimathea is one of those which does feature across the Gospels – see Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:38-42 – and the picture which is […]

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Zechariah: Interrupted by God (Luke 1:5-25 & 57-80)

Luke 1:2-25 & 57-80 Zechariah was a priest from a priestly family.  He had married Elizabeth who was herself a priests’ daughter (v5).  They are described by Luke as being ‘righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord’ (v6).  What an outstanding introduction for the first […]

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The Shepherds: Hurrying to worship (Luke 2:8-20)

Read Luke 2:8-20 on Bible Gateway The story of the shepherds is such a well-known one and is re-told time and again, especially at this time of the year, and yet these few verses are all we know of them. We don’t know their names or even how many of them there were and yet […]

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Simeon: Waiting in the Spirit (Luke 2:21-35)

Read passage on BibleGateway If you are expecting a guest to arrive what do you find yourself doing as the time of arrival draws near? Do you pace around the house? Do you check that you did tidy the kitchen? Do you vacuum the lounge…again? Do you check your phone constantly in case there is […]

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