Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Christmas Story, Part 3


... God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. The angel greeted Mary and said, "You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you."
   
Mary was confused by the angel's words and wondered what they meant. Then the angel told Mary, "Don't be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end."
   
Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen? I am not married!"
   
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God's power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!"
   
Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant! Let it happen as you have said." And the angel left her.

(Luke 1:26-38 CEV)

Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding. While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." So the Lord's promise came true, just as the prophet had said, "A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel," which means "God is with us."
   
After Joseph woke up, he and Mary were soon married, just as the Lord's angel had told him to do.

(Matthew 1:19-24 CEV)



About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David's hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David's family.
   
Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby...

(Luke 2:1-5 CEV)



4 comments:

Carol Riggs said...

Nice reminder of the true meaning of Christmas! I will check back later to see if you've posted your Jolly blogfest post! Nice to meet you, Merry/Happy Christmas!

Chris Phillips said...

I think it's weird that the angel refers to Jesus and Emmanuel and then no one ever really referred to him as that.

Rachel Morgan said...

Well Christians do refer to Jesus as Immanuel sometimes (like in songs, or prayer, or in sermons). What's important about all the different names for Jesus is that they all mean something specific about his character (I guess there would be no point if they didn't mean anything!).

Madeleine said...

Lovely reminder of thr true meaning of Christmas.
I have an award for you over at mine :O)