Eyewitness Bible Series is pleased to present the Christmas Series. This series is a collection of ten new episodes designed to be watched on the three Sundays prior to Christmas week, plus the seven days of Christmas week, ending on Christmas day.
The Third Sunday Before Christmas Week: Episode One is narrated by the prophet, Isaiah. He explains how the prophets of the Old Testament foretold the coming of mankind’s savior, Jesus, long before he was born.
The Second Sunday Before Christmas Week: Episode Two is narrated by a Magi, a wise man from the East. He explains why the wise men of Babylon have been looking for a new king of the Jews for the previous several hundred years.
The Seventh Day before Christmas: Episode Three is narrated by Elizabeth, a close relative of Mary. Elizabeth miraculously conceived of John the Baptist, so she was completely prepared for Mary to have a miraculous birth, too.
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Matthew 2:8-9 tells of the wise men following the star until it stopped over the place where Jesus was born, while Luke 2:8-15 tells of the angel appearing to the shepherds, then joined by a great company of angels. This episode combines those parts of the story along with the fact that there would have been numerous stars in the night sky to begin with.
The purpose of this episode is to point out that many things that God put into place for the birth of Jesus to take place as it did. God knew long, long beforehand that Jesus would need to come to earth and be crucified for mankind’s sins. Throughout the Old Testament, beginning with the Garden of Eden, there are hints of the coming of Jesus.
From our limited viewpoint, it is sometimes hard to determine when God put certain people in place to do certain things, or whether he just worked within what was happening anyway. Certainly, the births of John and Jesus were miraculous, but the census and King Herod were circumstances and people easily used.