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Checking It Twice: Christmas to come home to... or not

Reconnect – December 19, 2010


Then God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin engaged to be married. His name was Joseph, and the virgin's name, Mary.

She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

While he was trying to figure a way out, God's angel spoke in a dream: "Joseph, son of David, don't hesitate to get married. God's Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—'God saves'—because he will save his people from their sins." This would bring the prophet's message to fulfillment:

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for "God is with us").

After Jesus was born, a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, "Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We're on pilgrimage to worship him."

When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified. Herod arranged a secret meeting with the scholars. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. He said, "Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned.  As soon as you find him, send word and I'll join you at once in your worship."

They set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!

They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.  

Luke 1:26-35; Matthew 1:18-24-2:1-14  (The Message)

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