Christmas Steps Week 3

Christmas Steps: Mary's Steps

Mary’s Hope Steps with Despair Steps.


Despair Steps.

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Mary’s Despair Steps.

Despair: Roman soldiers and brutality. Taxes.

Women devalued. Birthing fatalities: baby, mother.

Mary, in her steps of life so far knew some despair.

Angry steps.

Hard to even imagine some of Mary’s despair steps.


I have despair steps.

What are some of your despair steps?


What’s a next step?


How to have Hope Steps with Despair Steps.


Tension Steps:


Black over Green

or

Green over Black?


Mary’s Steps


How does Mary

end up stepping green hope steps?


Luke 1

   26  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

   34  And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35  And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

36  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37  For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. 

How does Mary step into the annunciation?

Green over black

Steps into God’s promises.

Daily15 – Word of God green hope stories and steps.

Advent: Messiah coming.


Isaiah 11:1 (ESV)

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.


Mary’s Next Green Hope Steps.

Luke 1

   39  In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40  and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41  And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,

42  and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

43  And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44  For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

   46  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

47  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48  for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49  for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

50  And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

51  He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

52  he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;

53  he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

54  He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

55  as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

56  And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.


Mary’s Green Hope Steps Serving Jesus.


Luke 2:19 (ESV)

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.


Jesus’ Green Hope Steps

Serving Mary.


Jesus’ Green Hope Steps

Serving Other.

Other

Serve other, love other, pray for other, help other, encourage other, be kind to other, forgive other,


New Hope’s Following Jesus with

Green Hope Steps Serving

Other


Jingle Jam Green Hope Steps

Advent Concert Green Hope Steps

New Hope Christian School Green Hope Steps

Little Souls Daycare Green Hope Steps


Serving Green Hope Steps for Other

Giving Green Hope Steps for Other


Jesus

Other

Green

Hope


What’s your next Jesus’

Green Hope Step for

Other?



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