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Bible Stories: The Christmas Story

God Becomes Man

Selected Bible Verse: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. ~John 1:14

When Adam and Eve first sinned in garden, God told the serpent that the Son of the woman would crush his head. This was His first promise to us that He would send us a man to destroy the works of the evil one. Throughout the Old Testament, God promised over and over that this Messiah would come into the world and reunite us with Him. This Man was God Himself, who left His throne in Heaven to redeem us from our sins. This is the Christmas Story - the birth of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, the Son of God.

God sent His angel, Gabriel, to the small village of Nazareth to a young woman named Mary who was engaged to the man, Joseph, who was of the house of David.

"Mary, you are blessed among women," Gabriel told her. "For you have found favor with God. Behold, you will be with child and shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

Mary Gabriel angel

Mary questioned the angel and said, "How can this be since I am a virgin?"

And the angel answered her and said, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore, the Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. For with God, nothing is impossible."

So Mary said, "I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be according to your word."

And the angel left her.

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