With the arrival of Advent comes the retelling of the Christmas story.
I have heard it many times…
in song, through drama, or by a reader at church. I have read the story to myself, and to my children.
This year, I am doing something different.
I have never read the whole story in the Message version before.
The NIV, ESV, NASB, KJV versions? Yes. So this Christmas, I am going to revisit a familiar historical based story- how Jesus came to us as a baby- as seen through the Message.
You see, I have always thought of the Word as the living Message, so I am quite excited to see what will unfold through changing my expectation of the familiar.
Keeping myself on my toes so to speak.
Not only will it be a less familiar translation, I am going to look through each of the Gospels one day a week for each of the topics I felt to cover this Advent.
Matthew- the tax collector
Mark- the writer
Luke- the doctor
John- the fisherman
Four men whose encounter with Jesus changed them each forever.
Pull up a cozy chair, your bible, and let’s let the Christmas Message speak to our hearts anew this Advent…
As I was in worship this past Sunday, the following headlines came to mind:
Preparing the Way.
Trusting a Teen.
Depending on a Doubter.
Following His lead.
Accepting the Gift.
I have decided to take look at how each writer recorded their viewpoint based on how they heard the Christmas Story.
Let’s reawaken the desire to share this part of His story, the Greatest Gift God has every given us.
For with the arrival of eternal God into our finite time line, this event rippled across the universe & the heavens, forever changing the world it encountered.
Advent is the story reminding us of God’s primary Message from creation’s foundation to the end of revelation:
God is with us,
the Message of Christmas!