Posts Tagged Advent

Psalm 130 – Looking for redemption

Psalm 130 is a song filled with deep cries of longing for mercy and redemption.  As one of the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) it would have been used by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for the festival celebrations.  This particular song helped the pilgrims articulate their hope for salvation. The psalm […]

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Joseph (Part 2): On that holy night (Luke 2:1-7)

The Christmas story, as is true of any and every historical event, is firmly rooted at a particular time in a particular place.  Luke, that most careful of chroniclers, identifies the circumstances surrounding the time and place of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-7.  Emperor Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone within the vast reach of the […]

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Joseph (Part 1): A righteous man (Matthew 1:18-25)

It was an absolute bombshell when Joseph heard the news that his fiancée was pregnant.  It was almost unbelievable that Mary could have done this.  It seemed so out of character for the young woman promised to him in marriage… And yet it was true.  She was pregnant and the rumours were swirling. Matthew 1:18-25 […]

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The Magi: Gifts for a King (Matthew 2:1-12)

The nativity accounts of the birth of Jesus contain some famous characters.  Some of those characters are the Magi, or wise men, whose appearance is described in Matthew 2:1-12.  These Eastern mystics travelled a long, long way from their homeland because they believed they had seen a heavenly sign that a special baby had been […]

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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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