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Psalm 8:3-4
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man,...
What is the most awesome show of God’s power? It may not be what you think. In Psalm 8:3 4, the psalmist is led to exclaim, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and stars...
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Christmas and Miracles

Author: 
Steven T. Cook

Note: Creation Moments exists to provide Biblically sound materials to the Church in the area of Bible and science relationships. This Bible study may be reproduced for group use.

The Christmas story is too well known! Even unbelievers can probably outline this great event's occurrences. Of course, we may think that is what we are to be accomplishing, spreading the Good News of God's Son come to live with us. That is in fact the goal we have before us, to reach all mankind with God's Word and salvation available in His Son Jesus Christ.

Yet, at the same time, the Christmas story is too well known. Without reading further, can you think of any reasons this could be true?

The Christmas story is too well known in that the miraculous parts have come to seem common. That which God worked to make an impact and draw us to himself has become "Ho Hum."

To better understand this, please read Luke 1:26-41. Although this isn't the Christmas event, it is the necessary foundation for what would happen.

Before talking about the miracles in the text, we need to be sure we all know what miracles are. Perhaps you might come up with some possible definitions before continuing. In Christian theology, miracles are an extra-ordinary working of God in the world, in a manner that goes beyond normal experience, in order to glorify or reveal God.

What then is the first miracle we encounter in Luke 1:26-41? Could it be the angel's visit? Although angels are mentioned often in the Old Testament and occasionally in the New Testament, they do not regularly appear to people.

How can we be sure an angel appeared to Mary? How could Luke know about this? Read Luke 1:1- 4.

Mary brings forth a question regarding the great miracle of Christmas. How can I have a child, let alone a son (are we passing over another miracle, in the telling of the sex of a child not yet conceived?), when I am not married? Who is to be the child's father? Will this fatherhood occur in the natural manner?

We see how important this miracle is by the time and effort the adversary uses to try to discredit it.

One cult has "god," an exalted man, coming to Mary in his human form to bring about the conception. What in vs. 35 prevents this naturalistic approach?

Read also Matt. 11:22-23 for further information regarding Mary's condition during this time.

Rationalists, in the past half century, have suggested that Mary had been raped by a Roman soldier. Read Matt. 1:18-19. In the small town of Nazareth, could Joseph have divorced Mary privately if rape had been involved? (Read Deut. 22:25-27 for the Judaic law in this case.)

What other miracle is mentioned in these verses? Compare Luke 1:7 to see how Elizabeth's pregnancy could be a sign for Mary. To consider another miracle regarding Elizabeth's pregnancy, read Luke 1:20, 63-64.

You may desire to close this study by reading Luke 1:46-55 (the Magnificat).

Enlightening resources on this topic:

The Bible Has the Answer
Henry M. Morris & Martin E. Clark
How do we know the Bible is true? Why did God create the universe? This book answers over 250 questions on various subjects. Morris and Clark show that the Bible is clear and easy to understand-and always gives the right answer.
Interest level: High School-Adult
1018-0 $11.95; Paperback, 394 Pages

Science, Creation and the Bible
Former evolutionist Walter Brown explains how evolutionary assumptions conflict with hard science. Uses examples from life sciences, astronomy, and earth sciences to demonstrate that the earth is young and evolution could not have happened.
1019-5 $19.95; 49 Minutes

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Footnotes: 

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