Today we are adding some cultural background and human thoughts to the real, raw and unrated Christmas story…
I am coming…coming to you in the form of a human. I will be called Jesus, GOD SAVES! I, God will live with you… close and intimate. You will be able to hear and feel and touch me for a little while. I will love you with an everlasting love just like I have from the very beginning… and then I will sacrifice myself in your place because I want you to be with me forever. I want to share my riches and relationship with you forever. I love you more than you can think or know!
Nazareth today… a far cry from the tiny village in Mary’s time
Site in Nazareth of original Nazareth of Mary’s time… now next to the Church of the Annunciation (the church that houses Mary’s ancient home)
Mary’s home… contained in the church of the Annunciation, Nazareth Israel
See the smoke from oil lights and fires?
The bible does not tell us Mary’s feelings or trepidation or fears or inner thoughts. God does, however give us Mary’s obedient and succinct answer…
As the Christmas story progresses… can you see how agonized Joseph was when he got the news that he had to travel with his expectant wife to Bethlehem, the town of his ancestral birth, to take part in a census of the Roman government occupying beloved Israel? The time for this baby to be born was now… this baby that was God’s son… This baby that he had charge over!
Inside the Church Of The Nativity~ place of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem
My sister-in-law Sue kneeling under the alter to touch the ground through the hole in the floor of the church… the place of Jesus’ birth.
Shepherd’s field today… still a field