There’s a whole scene relating to the birth of Jesus Christ that Luke paints for us, which we might tend to miss. To fully understand the Christmas story, we must juxtapose two stories: the birth of John and the birth of Jesus.

These two stories are placed side by side by the author, Luke, because to get the impact of Jesus in the manager, you’ve also got to get the impact of John in Elizabeth’s belly. In order to get the impact of Mary being a virgin, you have to also get the impact of Elizabeth being barren. In order to get the impact of Joseph being the espoused husband to Mary, you’re going to have to also get the impact of Zechariah going to the temple on his appointed day. In order to get the impact of Gabriel coming with the message to Mary, you must first see Gabriel being sent by God to Zechariah. In order to get the impact of the Jesus story, Luke, the investigative doctor, tells us we must also have the impact of the birth of John.

Luke tells us God created a situation that not only gave birth to John (whom the Old Testament predicted), but that God came up with a plan that miraculously produced John through Elizabeth and Zechariah. He made sure that Elizabeth and Zechariah were related to Mary because Mary would need Elizabeth and Zechariah to validate what was getting ready to happen to her. The birth of Jesus Christ, while miraculous in and of itself, is surrounded by an orchestration of the will of God.

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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