First Advent: The Wonder

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In the First Advent Sunday’s message we hear about that wonder.  That amazement.  That joy that must have been felt by Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi.  We are reminded that Christmas and its preparations should fill us with an awestruck wonder at the arrival of the prophesied King.  

Matt. 1:  an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”g](which means “God with us”).
Matt: 2  9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.