Appearances of angels, miraculous conceptions, scandalous rumors, surprised shepherds, prophecies in the temple, strange visitors from the east, deranged tyrants, staying one step ahead of death - this is the true story of Advent.
Stories of The Master
The story of Jesus and the stories he told come alive for the modern listener. Jonathan Williams weaves in cultural and historical details that help us understand who Jesus is and why he came to this world.
The Vision in the Temple - ADV01
Old Zacharias receives a once in a lifetime opportunity to burn incense in the Holy Place, but when he enters, he is met by an angel with a startling message. God has heard his prayers! He and Elizabeth will have a son and he will be special beyond their wildest dreams!
The Young Virgin of Galilee - ADV02
Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her that she will bear the Messiah. Mary humbly submits to God's will and then travels to Judea to visit her relative Elizabeth who is pregnant with the forerunner. When the two women meet, the Spirit fills their hearts with words of praise that have resounded through the centuries.
Joseph and Mary in Nazareth - ADV03
Mary returns to Nazareth after her visit with Elizabeth but she faces a difficult task. She must tell Joseph she is pregnant. How will she break the news? And will he believe her story?
The Journey, the Birth, and the Shepherds - ADV04
God uses a Roman tax to get Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. After a hard journey, the Savior is born, and they think they can now have some rest. But angels appear to shepherds and direct them to the manger to worship.
The Holy Family in Bethlehem and Jerusalem - ADV05
Joseph has Jesus circumcised on his eighth day according to the Law of Moses. Then on the 41st day he and Mary present offerings in the Temple for purification. But when they arrive, they are greeted by an old prophet and prophetess who tell them amazing things.
Strange Visitors from the East - ADV06
Months after Jesus is born, magi from the East arrive in Jerusalem looking for the king of Israel. But their request stirs up the city. What will King Herod say and do? He has killed to preserve his power before. He will kill again. How will God preserve the Holy Family?