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December 21, 2013

A positive minute: A Christmas story

GOSPEL: Matthew 1:18-25 18This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David’s family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God’s Holy Spirit. 19Joseph 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. 21Then 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, 23’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. 25But they did not sleep together before her baby was born. Then Joseph named him Jesus.”

The above scripture will be shared in many churches this Sunday as we wrap up the season of Advent. If your church does not follow the lectionary, which is a weekly reading of scripture from the Old Testament, a Psalm, an Epistle and the Gospel passage from the New Testament, the scripture is from the Gospel of Matthew.

While reading and listening to the passages of scripture please recognize how they correlate. The Old Testament foretells the coming of Christ and the New Testament tells of it happening, or it shows the fulfillment of prophecy.

We see how specific the scripture is when we look at how the different authors, many of whom did not know each other, lived in different times yet, the writings are so precise in how they tell the story of what is yet to happen, and then we see in the New Testament how the various prophecies have been fulfilled.

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