The Christmas story is action-packed; it’s a story of good and evil: there’s an innocent young girl, her husband and baby, a bad king, angels and real drama – angels appear and kings (or wise men) walk in with oriental splendour.
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The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:20)
After centuries of expectation, the long-promised Messiah is born – and high in the night skies an angel appears and ‘the glory of the Lord’ shines out. It must have been awesomely, dazzlingly impressive. Then something occurs that is without precedent in Scripture: ‘the heavenly host’ appears – an entire army of angels.
Let’s consider the midwife.
‘Hold on,’ I hear you say, ‘there is no midwife.’ I agree: there is no Gospel account of a midwife. But there must surely have been one – it is unlikely that Mary managed to deliver her firstborn without another woman alongside her.
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