The meaning of the Nativity – Advent Day 18

Tales from the Great Adventure

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

na·tiv·i·ty – nəˈtivitē: “Birth, especially the place, conditions, or circumstances of being born.” also, “The occasion of a person’s birth.”

In its simplest form, the Nativity refers to the birth of Jesus. There, out in a cow-shed, to a homeless family, and about to begin his life as a political refugee.

The longer version is one of those, “Let’s sit down in front of the fire with a pot of coffee, we’ve got a lot to talk about,” stories.

WHERE TO BEGIN? When I’m teaching, I sometimes like to ask people to imagine sharing the Christmas Story with someone who knows nothing about Jesus. “Pick up your Bible,” I say, “then turn to the passage of scripture you’d…

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