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John MacArthur: The Christmas Story (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of pastor John MacArthur’s talk on The Christmas Story.

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What did Mary know? What did she know? Well, I don’t think she knew that He’d walk on water, specifically. I don’t think she could know that He would give sight to a blind man, make the silent speak. She had no way to know that.

But there were some things that Mary did know. And she didn’t know them by intuition, she didn’t know them by speculation. She knew them because she was told by a heavenly visitor. It was an angel, you remember, that showed up. We’ve heard that in the music tonight, and it is an exact representation of what the scripture says.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel, that’s a big time angel. Only two are named in the Bible, angels that we know of by name are Michael and Gabriel. Super angel, Gabriel, was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth. Now, Galilee was kind of the rural area, and Nazareth was a hick town, out of the way, a no place, really. And for God to dispatch this very significant angel to that town was really very surprising.

And not only to that town, but to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. The best that we can assume, she was probably at marrying age, because she was now engaged, and that would make her twelve or thirteen in that ancient culture. And she was engaged to a man named Joseph.

Now, she came from the line of David. They kept records of their lineage, and she came from the line of David. And as a Jewish girl, who was very devout, that we understand, because she was highly favored by God, which is a statement about her character.

Her name, Mary, is a derivative of Miriam, so she was named for the sister of Moses, maybe the greatest hero in Judaism. They were a very devout family, so she knew what it meant to be in the line of David, because it would be in the line of David that the Messiah would be born. Whoever was the mother of the coming and promised Messiah would be a daughter of David.

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