English-speaking supporters of: "Sentieri Antichi Valdesi" ("Old Waldensian Paths"), for the recovery of the original message and spirit of the ancient Waldensian and Reformational movement in the Waldensian Church and beyond.
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Continuity and discontinuity in the birth of Jesus
The story concerning the birth of Jesus is well known. To repeat this could be seen as a tedious exercise, devoid of particular interest and originality and, for the majority of our unbelieving contemporaries something which is mainly considered “a myth” or ancient fairy tale. These stories, however, are part of the evidence taken from the Word of God, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Savior of the World. Through such evidence God opens the eyes and the mind to arouse faith, praise and gratitude. This is what Matthew does in the first chapter of his Gospel, when he speaks about His virginal conception and the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning Him.
Rev. Paolo E. Castellina considers today what we find in chapter 1, verses 18-25 about the conception of Jesus and its meaning. See: