Christmas

Eve and Mary

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A friend sent me this picture and the commentary of it below. It is a beautiful picture and message. Praying you will be blessed by it this Christmas.

Eve & Mary

This picture. It takes my breath away. I first saw this beautiful drawing from Monastery Candy last year and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.

If you take a few minutes to really look at this picture, I think you will be just as captivated by it as I am. I think the thing that grabbed my attention the most was the bringing together of two very well-known women of the Bible – Eve and Mary. I mean, seeing them together doesn’t make sense, they aren’t even mentioned in the same BOOK of the Bible. Or are they?

Not by name, at least.

First let’s look at Eve – the despair on her face. It’s the face of the knowledge of sin and shame. The forbidden fruit, still in the clutches of her hand. The serpent, still with his tight grip coiled around her leg – the same evil that holds so many of us captive today. And her hand outstretched….

To Mary.

Sweet Mary, obedient Mary. Could you imagine being a teenager and being told that you would give birth to the Messiah? See the compassion on her face as she gently comforts the ashamed Eve. And that serpent that once held Eve and mankind captive? Just like Genesis 3 prophesied, the baby she is carrying will crush the head of the serpent. All because of the One thing that she and Eve have in common.

The Babe in Mary’s womb.

The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Jesus.

Eve and Mary… two women you wouldn’t think to talk about in the same sentence, yet two women whose stories were woven together from the very beginning. From the fall to glory, let us not forget this Christmas that we are celebrating the beginning of redemption from the fall in the garden so many years ago. The King has come, and salvation is here.

“Oh death, where is your sting? Oh hell, where is your victory?”

(From Blacktop to Dirt Road)

Christmas Carol Service

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Join us for our Carol Service on Saturday, 23rd December, at 6pm.

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Newsletter December 2017 (inc. calendar)

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The newsletter for December is now available online here: Dec 2017 newsletter

(here is the link to ‘The related timings of the births of Jesus and John the Baptist‘)

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Jesus, the reason for the season

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This year Hanukkah and Christmas both occur at the same time. Hanukkah, which is described as the Feast of Dedication in John 10:22-23, and which Jesus celebrated, is fulfilled by the miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit of baby Jesus by Mary (Luke 1:26-56). And Christmas, of course is when we celebrate the Lord’s virgin birth.  However, in amongst all the commercialism and busy-ness of the season, it’s good for us to be reminded of who and what it’s all about. Here’s an extract from a Chuck Missler article to help us:

The Names of Jesus Christ

Names have great significance in the Bible. A name was not just the label that differentiated one person from another, but often described something about the person. The name Abraham is translated “Father of a multitude”, Jacob means “supplanter” and David “beloved”. The most important names in the Bible, however, describe God Himself. Through His names, God expresses the reality of who He is. God does not cloak His identity and distance Himself from His creation. Instead, we have a God who desires to be known:  Read the rest of this entry »

Join us for our Carols Service

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Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the miraculous conception and birth of the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We will be singing a selection of traditional Christian carols, liberally sprinkled with Bible readings, and we’ll be taking a brief look at what the whole Christmas thing actually means for us in 2016.

As someone said this week, it sounds like a riot! Predictably not, but it will be a great time and we’d love to have you with us!

6pm, Sunday 18th December at St John Fisher Church Hall, Waltham Road, Scartho, Grimsby DN33 2NA.

The related timings of the births of Jesus and John the Baptist

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It is not specifically stated in the Bible when Jesus was born. However, the indications from Scripture give us a pretty good guide of when He was born, and importantly, when He was not born. We are given clues in the details concerning the priestly service of John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, and the fact that Jesus and John were cousins.

Zechariah, was of the priestly division of Abijah (Luke 1:5,8). Back in King David’s day, the priests had been separated into 24 turns or divisions. These turns began in the first month of the Jewish calendar (1 Chronicles 27:2), March or April of our modern calendar. According to Talmudic and Qumran sources, the turns rotated every week until they reached the end of the sixth month, when the cycle was repeated again until the end of the year. This would mean that Zechariah’s division served at the temple twice a year.

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