Posts Tagged Christmas

Joseph (Part 3): Dreamer, Refugee, Protector (Matthew 2:13-23)

It happens so frequently.  Someone or something captures the public imagination and for a short time they are the talk of the town.  But, no sooner than they become a household name, they disappear from view.  Just two months ago, Joseph was the subject of every nativity play in the country.  Now, in the middle […]

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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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