by Rich Wooten

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Divine - The Relationships of Christmas (1 of 3)
Series: Divine
Richard Wooten
Luke 1:26-2:20
December 2008

What is the best part about Christmas? Obviously a very subjective question that will have as many answers as people. For some, it's family coming from out of town. Others , the gift giving, gift receiving. Some have found that the traditions of the Christmas season are the best part. Some have been lonely for Christmas, so the memories are painful. So, what is the best part?

Christmas is such a great time of year. For all the reasons mentioned and more. For the next several weeks, we are going to look at some unique aspects of Christmas that may not be on the normal path for this time of year. The first Christmas was unique in its own right - something happened that had never happened before. So, how did the people of the story interact? What new struggles were birthed with The Birth? What dynamics were in play as shep-herds, wise-men, parents, kings, angels, demons, and God all interacted? We will be looking at the relationships of Christmas in this series entitled simply - Divine.

The story begins in Luke 1:26.
26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
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