Zacharias and Elisabeth: Filled with the Holy Spirit

Last week, we took a look at Elisabeth’s reaction when Zacharias arrived home with the news of his visit from Gabriel. Elisabeth was filled with wonder at all that was happening and could feel her shame removed. The scripture then moves to Gabriel’s visit to Mary, before bringing the two stories together.  Upon hearing the news of Elisabeth, Mary has […]

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Behind the Song: Mary, Did You Know

             Mary, Did You Know? is a popular Christmas song that was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  The song originated from Lowry’s desire to ask Mary, “what was it like to raise God?” Mary Lowry is a popular comedienne that has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band off and on […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: They Were Good

In our series eyewitness to Christmas, we viewed the events of Christ birth from the view point of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and his earthly father, Joseph. But, there were many others that witnessed and lived these events.  This group included an older, mature couple that was related to Mary.   This couple gave birth to the forerunner of Christ […]

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Hall of Faith: Mary Magdalene, Served Jesus

In discussing who in the New Testament deserves to be listed in the Hall of Faith, Mary Magdalene seems a very logical choice. Other than Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene is listed among the women who were the most faithful followers of Jesus. Her name derives from Luke 8:2 which says “Mary, called Magdalene.” The town of Magdala […]

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Hall of Faith: Joseph Was Faithful

We discussed how Mary belonged in the Hall of Faith {although no one in the New Testament is mentioned in this list of spiritual giants}, but Mary was not alone on her journey. She had Joseph to walk beside her on this journey. We know little about Joseph, but we’re told he “went up from Galilee, out of the city […]

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Hall of Faith: Mary, Always Had Faith

No one mentioned in the New Testament is actually listed in the Hall of Faith. However, there are some in the New Testament that definitely deserves to be in the New Testament. More than anyone would be Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus. They truly walked in faith and believed when the angel appeared to them. In the […]

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Mary Magdalene: Witness to the Crucifixion

The next mention we have of Mary Magdalene after Jesus heals her, is of her presence at the crucifixion. Luke 23:49 says, “”women who had followed him from Galilee” standing at a distance”, but does not mentioned these women by name.  However, the other three gospels do mention these women and among them is Mary Magdalene. Matthew 27:56, says, “Among them […]

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Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus

Last week, we took a look at the last mention of Joseph by name or reference.  This was when Jesus was twelve at the temple. The majority of what we know about the childhood of Jesus comes from the accounts found in Matthew and Luke.  The two books together provide the large picture we have of Jesus birth and childhood. […]

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Joseph, Searches for Jesus

Last week, Joseph fled with his family to Egypt before returning to Nazareth once it was safe to return. We are not told how old Jesus is when they returned, but he is still at the ages we consider a toddler or young child. The next mention we have of Jesus or his parents, is when Jesus is twelve years […]

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Joseph, takes his family to Egypt

Last week, we looked at the parents of Jesus taking him to the temple where Simeon blesses God. Matthew picks up the story of Jesus and his parents.  The Wise Men have just departed from their visit.  The Magi or Wise Men originally went to King Herod in search of “King of the Jews”. King Herod is greatly troubled and […]

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Joseph, takes Jesus to the Temple

Joseph witnessed the birth of Jesus and saw the magnificence of the angels and shepherds arriving to worship the Christ child. The next mention we have is of the parents taking the child to the temple. Luke 2:27, “and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law” The […]

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Joseph, Witnesses the Birth of Jesus

Last week, we discussed the angel appearing to Joseph and he was obedient to take Mary as his wife. We now switch over to the book of Luke for the next part of the story. Luke 2 says , “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which […]

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Joseph, the Obedient

Last week we discovered how righteous of a man Joseph was.  He decided that he would quietly put Mary away privately. However, God had a different plan he was about to reveal to Joseph. In Matthew 1:20  “ But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son […]

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Joseph, the Righteous

Last week, we were introduced to Joseph, the husband of Mary. We know that Joseph was betrothed to Mary when the spirit came upon her and she was with child. Matthew 1:18-25 tells us the story of Mary, Joseph and the conception of Jesus. So, what are we told? 18  When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before […]

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Who is Joseph, the earthly Father of Jesus?

Last Christmas, we studied Mary, the Mother of Jesus. So in the spirit of Christmas, it only seemed natural to take a look at Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.  For the next eight weeks we will explore what scripture tells us about Joseph. The only information we know about Joseph comes from three of the four gospels.  Joseph is […]

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Mary at the Crucifixion

We last saw Mary being rebuked by Jesus, when she came to him out of concern.  Several years have passed during which Jesus was in the depths of his ministry. We’re not told which events in Jesus ministry, teaching and miracles Mary was there to witness.  While she may not have been there for everything, it seems plausible that she […]

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Mary Finds Jesus at the Temple

Over a decade has passed since we last saw Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph.  The family was fleeing to Egypt the last time we checked in with them. We’re not told what happened in the intervening years. At some point the family has returned to their homeland from Egypt.  We do know they returned after the death of […]

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Joseph Discovers Mary’s News

The time had come for Mary to return home after her visit with Elisabeth.  One can only imagine how she must have felt.   After all she was going to have to tell her parents and Joseph about her present condition.  This was a situation that could not be hid for long. However, we know that from the beginning Mary had […]

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Mary’s Song: The Magnificat

Mary has arrived to see her cousin, Elisabeth, who is also with child.   Upon her arrival, the child within Elisabeth jumps for joy and the “spirit comes upon her” as she delivers a blessing on Mary. Mary answers this blessing with a song of her own. As a musician, I can envision Mary singing her response and the melody just […]

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Mary Visits with Elisabeth

Last week, we took a look at the angel appearing to Mary.  He told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would be with child. Mary asked how can this be.  After all, she’s only engaged and has never known a man. The angel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon her.  This is followed […]

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