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Today in A Manger: Revisiting His Story

Today in A Manger: Revisiting His Story

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Each year as Christmas approaches, familiar traditions fall into place: carols, festive decorations and the Christmas tree. We order the turkey and write Christmas cards. Too often, the Christmas story only impinges on the periphery of our busy lives. Without the coming of the baby Jesus we would have no Christmas, simply a winter festival, as in pagan times.

However, we all know the story quite well. In this book you’ll see the unfolding story, as it is presented in the gospels, from a new perspective. My intention is to help you think through what is happening and to meditate on its significance. I ask fresh questions. Why does the Gospel of Matthew start the Christmas story with a list of 46 names? What are four women with dubious sexual history doing within this list? What did people expect when Messiah came? What is the role of angels, so frequently within the story? Why did Mary flee Nazareth when told she had become pregnant? I try getting inside Joseph’s mind as he deals with the incomprehensible news that his fiancé is pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

If she truly was carrying God’s Son, why did Mary have to give birth in a manger among the animals? If you wanted to broadcast the news that Messiah had come would you choose as your first evangelists smelly, noisy shepherds? What was the role of Simeon and Anna in the temple when Mary and Joseph came to dedicate their son to God?

What did the wise men know about a promised Messiah/King which led them to follow a supernova in the sky for six hundred miles west to Jerusalem? The Exodus from Egypt is the great redemptive story of the Old Testament. However, as refugees Mary Joseph and Jesus suffered immensely when they fled to Egypt. Why is suffering so central to Christianity?

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Each year as Christmas approaches, familiar traditions fall into place: carols, festive decorations and the Christmas tree. We order the turkey and write Christmas cards. Too often, the Christmas story only impinges on the periphery of our busy lives. Without the coming of the baby Jesus we would have no Christmas, simply a winter festival, as in pagan times.

However, we all know the story quite well. In this book you’ll see the unfolding story, as it is presented in the gospels, from a new perspective. My intention is to help you think through what is happening and to meditate on its significance. I ask fresh questions. Why does the Gospel of Matthew start the Christmas story with a list of 46 names? What are four women with dubious sexual history doing within this list? What did people expect when Messiah came? What is the role of angels, so frequently within the story? Why did Mary flee Nazareth when told she had become pregnant? I try getting inside Joseph’s mind as he deals with the incomprehensible news that his fiancé is pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

If she truly was carrying God’s Son, why did Mary have to give birth in a manger among the animals? If you wanted to broadcast the news that Messiah had come would you choose as your first evangelists smelly, noisy shepherds? What was the role of Simeon and Anna in the temple when Mary and Joseph came to dedicate their son to God?

What did the wise men know about a promised Messiah/King which led them to follow a supernova in the sky for six hundred miles west to Jerusalem? The Exodus from Egypt is the great redemptive story of the Old Testament. However, as refugees Mary Joseph and Jesus suffered immensely when they fled to Egypt. Why is suffering so central to Christianity?

Download sample contains Chapters 1, 5, 15 and 19.

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AN ADVENT DEVOTIONAL • BY IAN STRACHAN
REVISITING 
HIS
 STORY
IN A MANGER
 
© 2010 by Ian Strachan All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, ortransmied in any form or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, orother – except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior wrien permissionof the author.Published by BigCake Media LLC - Nashville, Tennessee. www.bigcakemedia.comCover design, photography and interior layout by Magnus Creative - www.magnus-creative.comScripture quotations marked GWT are from GOD’S WORD. © Copyright 1995 by God’s Word tothe Nations. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked HCSB come from HOLMAN CHRISTIAN STANDARD BIBLE.© 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Broadman and Holman Publishers. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked ISV come from the Holy Bible International Standard Version ®.Copyright © 1996-2008 by e ISV Foundation of Paramount, California USA. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.Scripture quotations marked MSG come from e Message by Eugene H. Peterson. © 1993, 1994,1995, 1996, 2000. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NIV come from HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of ZondervanPublishing House. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NLT come from Holy Bible, New Living Translation. © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NKJV come from THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION.© 1982 by �omas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.Library of Congress Control Number: 2010912396ISBN 978-0-615-38217-3First Paperback EditionPrinted in the United States of America10 11 12 13 14 – 5 4 3 2 1

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