Last year about this time I did a Christmas post. The message I hope was loud and clear … Jesus is God’s gift to the world. It was through Jesus’s sacrificial death of Calvary’s Cross that salvation came to all those who call upon His name. This year I would like to share with you just how important the message of salvation is.
But, I would like to begin by thanking my wife Amy Wade and our two little girls, Emma Grace and Ella. They are the reason for this week’s post. A week into the month of December, Amy said, “Honey, I think we should do a family Bible study on the birth of Jesus leading up to Christmas Day.” Well, I was all for the idea, in fact I wished I had thought of it myself! I guess, in a way I did, after all she’s my wife and Jesus is making us more like-mined everyday! In fact the word of God calls for Christians to be like-minded in Christ.
So several weeks ago we decided to set aside some family time to study
the Book of Luke leading up to the birth of Jesus. What we discovered
as a family was that there was a time when God used Angels as His messengers. But now, we have God’s Holy Spirit indwelling in us. It is a precious gift from God as result of Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross for our sins.
The Book of Luke recounts the amazing true story of God’s mercy and favor upon two households. The first house is that of a married couple, Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. The second household is of a virgin named Mary who’s betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph.
Now both Zechariah and Elizabeth were both old and past their years for having children. They were descendants of the priestly line of Aaron, who was Moses’s younger brother.
One day The Angel of Lord appeared to Zechariah while he was performing his priestly duties of burning incense in the temple. When The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah he was shaken and overwhelmed with fear at the sight of this messenger who was sent from God.