God of the Unexpected

For most of us, we can recite the Christmas story. We can sing Christmas carols that tell the tale of a newborn baby lying in a manger because there was no room at the inn. But dig deeper and you will discover the vast amount of miracles that took place in order for God to reconcile Himself back to us. From the immaculate conception to Joseph’s change of heart to pointing the shepherds and wise men to the newborn king to protecting the baby from the wrath of Herod who was already jealous of this proclaimed usurper to the throne, the fact is that this entire situation was God-inspired, God-driven, and God-protected. Beyond all of this, however, God chose to demonstrate His majesty through unexpected means and humble circumstances. Mary, a fourteen year old virgin with little to no means, is told by Gabriel that she has found favor with God and has been chosen to carry and birth the Messiah. Mary had no doubt heard the prophecies of the coming Messiah. All of Israel waited for their Savior. And out of the millions of Jewish girls, she would be the chosen one. Her betrothed was a mere carpenter. Neither of them had riches, but both had faith. And they needed it, especially for the coming months ahead. These months would be trying, testing them at every point. They...

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