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The Word of God - by Michael Phillips
Advent 2012 - Part 1 of 3
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John 1:1-13
Dec 02, 2012 am - Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the time of year when we turn our attention to the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His birth is hinted at in the Old Testament and referred to in the Epistles of Peter, Paul, and John. But the Story itself is told in the Gospels, in Matthew, Luke, and John. Why Mark didn't tell the Story, we don't know, but we know he didn't and we leave that decision with the Holy Spirit who inspired him to tell His Story the way He wanted it told. In telling the story of a child's birth, you'd expect a writer to start there--with his birth, maybe his conception, or even his parents are near ancestors. Matthew, Luke, and John don't do that. Matthew starts with Abraham, who lived two thousand years before Jesus was born. Luke 'one ups' his friend by beginning with Adam, the first man. But, when it comes to providing the back drop of a story, nobody compares to John! He begins the story of our Lord's birth...in Eternity! Why there and not somewhere closer in time, say the First Century? Because that's where God's plan for saving a Fallen World began. GOD'S PLAN This is why John begins the Nativity story with a quote from the Old Testament, Genesis ... More >>>


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