Posts Tagged "Joseph"

The Real Christmas Story (Revised & Updated)

This post was originally published on December 23, 2008.  I have updated the story a bit and thought is was worth posting again.  So, here goes, and Merry Christmas!

Every year in our family, we recount the Christmas story. Some years we do it with music, other years we read a story book, and one year the kids put on a puppet show complete with music! This year, we’re going back to the source of the story, and the source of all knowledge and wisdom, the Word of God. I thought I would share it with you.  The story itself is fairly long, but God’s story is worth the time!

Biblical passages are all footnoted.  As best I recall, all biblical passage are from the ESV.  Originally, this story was comprised only of passages directly from the Bible.  I have updated it to include some transitional statements between verses.  These are shown in italics.

The story of Christmas started a long long time ago.  In fact, the story of Christmas began with the beginning of time.

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Monday Morning Prophecy #6 – Called from the Womb

cross-pictureIn our first series of Monday Morning Prophecies we started rather abruptly with the betrayal of Jesus.  I did this, in part, because I find the level of detail amazing when it comes to prophecies about Jesus from the Old Testament down to the level of the price paid for the betrayal.  For the next few weeks, we are going to go back to the beginning and look at prophecies related to the birth and early years of our Lord Jesus Christ.  As with the prophecies related to the betrayal of Jesus, I think you will see clearly that the prophecies related to his birth were also obviously beyond his control.

To begin our look at the prophecies related to his birth, let’s look first at the prophecy that the Messiah would be called from the womb.  Many people in our society can’t figure out what they should do with their lives well into their 30’s or even later.  Jesus was called by God for a purpose before he was ever born.  This is no surprise really given that God had the plan for our salvation before he ever created the world.  Let’s have a look at Isaiah 49:1:

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