Christmas is coming! But why is it such a big deal? This episode unveils how Christmas is about way more than trees and watching Home Alone. Jesus’ conception and birth is world-changing.
0:00 – INTRO
1:04 – RECAP OF LAST EPISODE: 5 REASONS WHY CHRISTMAS IS SUCH A BIG DEAL & REALLY HAPPENED: “SPIDER”
S: SUPERNATURAL IN THE NATURAL WORLD
P: PROPHECY FULFILLED
I: INAUGURATION OF GOD’S PLAN
D: DIVINE GRACE
E: EAGERNESS OF MARY & JOSEPH
R: RELIABLE HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
Last episode where we covered, the first 3, just go back and check it out! We’re gonna start with the D today.
3:10 – D: DIVINE GRACE: The virgin birth shows the extent of God’s love for us (Matt. 1:21; 1 Cor. 5:21).
3:56 – E: EAGERNESS OF MARY & JOSEPH: Joseph could have easily divorced Mary quietly (Matt. 1:19). Both of them responding obediently and eagerly (Luke 1:38; Matt. 1:19-25). Why? An angel appeared to both of them to tell them about Jesus.
5:39 – R: RELIABLE HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS. 1) Birth narratives in Matthew and Luke tell different but compatible accounts. 2) They show restraint (not exaggeration). 3) Support of the early church fathers. 4) Even Jesus’ brother James believed that he was really God (James 2:1)!
8:41 – WHY ISN’T JESUS’ BIRTH NARRATIVE IN THE 2 OTHER GOSPELS OR OTHER BOOKS? *Ep. 47 New Testament Genres: https://binmin.org/videos/47-new-testament-genres/
10:12 – HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE VIRGIN BIRTH IS NOT A MYTH? Legends require 2 generations and isolation to develop.
12:16 – SO WHAT? Christmas is a big deal because it is an opportunity to see God’s divine grace on full display. The incarnation and virgin birth are actual facts embedded in a historically reliable New Testament.
13:56 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP? INVITE SOMEONE TO CHRISTMAS
15:05 – THANK YOU & WRAP UP