A Light In The Darkness
December 18, 2016 Series: Hope For Hope This Advent
Topic: Advent and Christmas Verse: Matthew 2:1–2:12, Luke 2:22–2:40
The Characters of Christmas
Only Matthew and Luke record the Christmas story
Who are the Magi?
Who are the Shepherds?
Who is Simeon?
Who is Anna?
MAGI: Often translated as WISE MEN
There are four great world religions that are MONOTHEISTIC:
MAGI was a term used in the 6th century BC to denote followers of Zoroastrianism.
FREDDIE MERCURY was a Zoroastrian
Magi - followers of the TRUTH
The Magi worshipped Jesus
Jesus was FULLY GOD/ FULLY HUMAN
Simeon - received a prophecy from God
He worshipped Jesus as the MESSIAH
Why is ANNA included in the story?
Anna PREPARED her whole life to SEE God.
Magi were SEARCHING for God.
Shepherds were SURPRISED by God.
Simeon was HOPEFUL.
Anna was PREPARING.