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A Light In The Darkness

December 18, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Paul Thompson 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:

  1. Judaism
  2. Christianity
  3. Islam
  4. Zoroastrianism

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.

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