An ever-increasing circle of love

The Big Story

Ashley goes through the Bible to explain the characters of Christmas.

Explaining the characters of Christmas
Matthew 1:18-25

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

We are part of a larger story. We have a place in history. This gives us purpose and context to understand where we fit in God’s plan.

When you look at the big story you realize: There is nothing new under the sun. Wickedness. Injustice. Political conquest. Searching for answers. God’s love remains steadfast while people in all times have the same needs.

God promised Abraham that all the families of the earth would be blessed through him. (Genesis 22:18) The Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. (Romans 3:2) Yet even the Jews turned away from God to practice evil and worship idols. (1 Kings 11:1-13,33) Paul explained how God wants to save all nations of mankind (Romans, Acts 17:16-33).

Three themes that span the story of the world:
1. God with us – Genesis 3:8; Revelation 21:1-7
2. Sin & separation – Genesis 3; Revelation 21:8
3. Redemption & reunion – Genesis 3:21; Revelation 22

Who is God? Genesis 1:1; Exodus 34:5-7
Who is man? Genesis 1:26-31; 3; 6:5,6,11,12; Psalm 8
Who is Jesus? John 1; John 3:16
How does man reconnect with God? 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Romans 5; 10:9-13

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all. 1 Timothy 2:5-6a

Genesis According to the Miao People
Genesis in Ancient China, Ginger Tong Chock, PhD
Eternity in Their Hearts, Don Richardson