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Jesus' Birth Foretold (Luke 1:23-38)

Dan JamesDan James, December 27, 2020
Part of the Guest Speakers series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

We all make plans and this year especially we understand exactly what it's like for them to be disrupted. How we respond to these changes depends on us but what if you'd received the news that Mary had from the angel Gabriel.

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About Dan James: Dan and his wife Jamie live in Leicester although Dan is originally from Wales and Jamie from Doncaster, they have a very active two year old daughter called Aoife. Both are teachers, and Dan is also Assistant Pastor at Avenue Community Church in Leicester.
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Luke 1:23-38

23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (ESV)

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