THE CHRISTMAS STORY FROM THE GOSPELS AND BOOK OF REVELATION

Message on Sunday, December 29, 2019: Mount View Baptist Church Kingston, Jamaica

The Christmas Story told by the Gospels is different from the detailed stories told by all four Gospels of the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark begins with the Baptism of Jesus. The Gospel of John speaks of the meaning of the entry of Jesus into human history but does not describe His birth. Mathew and Luke recount the birth of Jesus but do not tell sentimental stories commonly recited at Christmas.

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Isaiah’s Epiphany

Bethel Baptist Church

 

Today is the first Sunday of 2019: New Year Sunday. On the Christian Calendar, it is Epiphany, which celebrates the wise men who came to worship Jesus at his birth.

The message today is titled Isaiah’s Epiphany. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord (Isaiah 6: 1). The word “epiphany” describes a sudden realization or a transcendental revelation in one’s life. New Year celebrations mark a new cycle of the earth’s movement around the sun or of the moon’s movement around the earth. Time, as measured by these movements, is devoid of content. It is events and experiences occurring during these planetary movements that endow time with meaning. This is probably why New Year resolutions are made as personal pledges of the content we intend to put into the New Year. Continue reading