A snapshot out of what we now call the Christmas Story
And Mary said --
Behold, the maidservant of the Lord: --
Let it be unto me, according to your word.
Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded
him, and took to him his wife,
And did not know her until she had brought forth
her first-born son,
And he called his name JESUS.
Bryan Aalborg, pastor of the Foster Seventh-day Adventist church in Asheville, North Carolina, preached this sermon on December 11, 2010
BRYAN Aalborg: Growing up as a youngster, and even as a teen-ager I had in
my mind, ---, A six-hour version of what we now call the Christmas story ---
And I still have to re-read these records
to refresh myself, reminding myself as to how the birth of Jesus really happened
At least as much as we can really tell from the Bible
and what I mean by the 6 hour version is this
that all the things that we read about in the scriptures
that we associate with the Christmas Story
It all happened in about SIX HOURS.
The journey to Bethlehem,
The angels singing to the shepherds
The shepherds coming to the manger
The arrival of the Wise Men, and then the
Journey from Bethlehem down to Egypt
It all happened in one evening in about SIX HOURS."