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the Season of Advent, the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus foretold,
The visitation of the Angels,
The Annunciation, The Immaculate Conception,
and Mary’s visit with Elizabeth; The Birth of Jesus.
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Some of the earliest manuscripts of Luke do not contain what is now chapters Luke 1-3. It is believed that these chapters were added/edited at a later time. Luke 3 is probably the original beginning of Luke.
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin celebrates the appearance of Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary announcing that she was to be the mother of Jesus the Christ, Son of God.
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a *virgin?"
35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God."
38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered.
"May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
The Immaculate Conception
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8 and celebrates God’s choice of Mary to give birth to his Son. Mary was conceived without original sin, the basic inclination to do wrong/evil that originates from the sin of Adam and Eve.
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a *virgin?” Mary was greatly troubled at this greeting because she was not yet married to Joseph.
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Nothing is impossible with God.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered,
“May it be as you have said.”
Then the angel left her. The Gospel of Luke 1:38
*Some liberal scholars, who have challenged this translation of Isaiah 7:14 saying that the Hebrew word translated “virgin” really means “young woman.” The Revised Standard Version of the Bible and the New English Bible, for instance, translate this verse to say “A young woman is with child.” Since they don’t believe in the virgin birth, the translators chose the meaning “young woman”, rather than “virgin.”
What is proposed is that "virgin" was translated incorrectly by the Septuagint the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures. Now both Matthew and Luke used the Septuagint to quote the Hebrew Scriptures of Isaiah which perpetuated the incorrect translation.
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The "virgin" will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).
Matthew and Luke both used the Septuagint which translated the Hebrew text incorrectly.
Mary was a young maiden with child. In this version there is no Immaculate Conception; a birth by ordinary reproductive means. But in Hebrew theology being "adopted by man or by God" was the very same as blood relation.
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The Birth of Jesus Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25
a.Matthew 1:18 Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this
b.Matthew 1:19 Or was a righteous man and
c.Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.
d.Matthew 1:23 Isaiah 7:14
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
Joseph was a good Jew that was "faithful" to the Law.
Joseph made a CHOICE!
Joseph CHOSE "Love and Compassion";
Not the "Letter of the Law!"
This tells us much about the Nature of God...
God wants our "Love & Compassion" much more than He wants blind obedience to the Law!
The Day and Hour Unknown 32"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert[a]! You do not know when that time will come. 34It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "
Mark 13:33 Some manuscripts alert and pray
Social Justice & Injustice
Lessons learned from Mister Magoo’s
“A Christmas Carol;”
the Christmas classic
Written by Charles Dickens.
Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is a sad commentary of the injustices, which still continue to this day; Oppression of the poor, the hungry, and the sick, the homeless, children, the elderly, the unemployed and underemployed, intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination!
"Its an Unwonderful Life"
is a parody of the 1946 Christmas classic, Frank Capras's "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart and Donna Reed. Join our Bailey as he struggles with problems and contemplates suicide. Bailey meets his guardian angel and they travel back into the past and travel into the future of "what could happen."
The twist this time is their startling conclusion that the world would be better off without Bailey! What a predicament; will Bailey jump or not jump from the bridge into the icy waters below? Join Bailey on his Christmas Eve roller coaster of a ride of Faith or Fear. Christian-fiction written by Osten Aune. Though “It’s an Unwonderful Life” is Christian-Fiction, this story is not a story written for young children. If this were a movie I would give it a PG-13 rating.