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Christmas in Bethlehem – Alec Motyer
Joseph was far from looking forward to that first Christmas Day.
You see, he was engaged to this girl called Mary, and their Wedding Day was in sight when it became clear that Mary was pregnant -
Enter, the Angel of the Lord.
The Angel said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit .”
At least, that's what our Bible translations say the Angel said, but here's an odd thing -
The translation 'conceived' is very understandable, because that is what happened. It is what we would naturally say -
Isn't it interesting how one word, properly understood, can make such a difference? The Bible is like that: it specializes in the right word in the right place -
Alec Motyer was formerly Principal of Trinity College, Bristol. He is a well-
He is also a true friend to, and prayer warrior for, image.