The Original Christmas Story is an inspiring presentation of the simple, unadorned origins of Jesus the Messiah. Drawing on The Common Gospel, this biblically true account is set in ancient Galilee and includes the miraculous conception of Jesus in his mother Mary’s womb, the support of Joseph (Mary’s betrothed), Mary’s visit to Elizabeth (the mother of John), John’s birth, and Mary and Joseph’s travel to Bethlehem. These events lead to the austere birth of Jesus, whereupon he is recognized as the Messiah by the righteous and honored by shepherds and magi from the east. When King Herod seeks to have the child killed by ordering the execution of all male children under the age of two years, the Holy Family flees to Egypt, where they remain until King Herod’s death. The Holy Family then returns to Galilee, where Jesus the Messiah continues to grow “in wisdom and stature, in human favor and in favor with God.”
The Original Christmas Story is an authorized selection from The Common Gospel, which itself is a complete work that combines the four traditional Gospels and presents the Good News of Jesus in a single, unified book. In so doing, it brings clarity and focus to the history of Jesus the Messiah as it assembles the original gospel fragments to frame a naturally flowing lifeline for the Son of Man – from his humble and holy birth through to his crowning glorification. The panoramic view that results is extraordinary and casts Jesus the Messiah in new and revealing light. The Original Christmas Story is Part 1 of this larger, sixteen-part work.
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