Every Christmas Eve when I was a girl, my father sat with his big black Bible on his lap and read the biblical account of that first Christmas from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. I can still hear those familiar words in my Dad’s sweet voice. He read Matthew’s record of the angel’s visit to Joseph and the journey of the wise men from the east. And from Luke he recounted Gabriel’s amazing message for Mary, the birth of our Savior, and the startling announcement to shepherds in a field outside of Bethlehem.
Together, Matthew and Luke weave a dramatic story. They describe the humble, but glorious beginnings of our incarnate Savior. They package the sights and sounds and feelings of Jesus’ birth and hold them forth as gifts for us to unwrap and savor again and again.
Although not the typical “go-to” Gospel for the Christmas story, Mark offers several unique gifts of Christmas we will treasure. Let’s unwrap them together. (If you’d like to learn even more about the Gospel of Mark, check out Deep Rooted: Growing through the Gospel of Mark.)
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