Contributed on Dec 3, 2011
Zechariah prayed, and thought his prayer was not answered. God, however, not only heard his prayer, but answered in a way he could never have imagined.
“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2011
The Christmas story begins well before the birth of the Son of God. At the least, it begins with a startled teenage girl who is confronted by an angel with an unexpected announcement.
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!’ But she was ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2011
Though the Master was worshipped by angels, the unborn John was the first person to worship the Saviour, and his mother, Elizabeth, was the first to lend her voice to praise the Saviour.
“[Mary] was greatly troubled at the [angel’s] saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He ...read more
Contributed on Dec 24, 2011
Simeon is easily overlooked in the account of Christ’s birth. This should not be, as he was the first person to die in the Faith.
“There was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in ...read more