The timing of this post may seem strange since Christmas was a week ago and it is now New Year’s Day. Like many of you I was busy with end of year activities and spending time with family. I just did not have time until today. But God laid this message on my heart and I did not want to wait another year to share it. And these truths are timeless.
This post provides an introduction to the article. The full article can be found at: The Third Advent Story.
We hear a lot about the first two at Christmas, but the third gets very little air time. Our Christmas stories, plays, hymns, teaching and preaching are generally based on the birth of Christ as told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Matthew was a Jew writing primarily to other Jews, trying to convince them that Jesus was their Messiah and King. The gospel of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ through Joseph to Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation. This showed the Jews that Jesus was of the seed of Abraham and a son of David.