Setting the Stage for Jesus' Arrival on Earth

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Ever wonder why Jesus was born when He was, or why He was born to a Jewish girl—and why to that particular girl in Nazareth of Galilee? Jesus did not just appear out of nowhere like a Greek god of mythology.

God had carefully been setting the stage over thousands of years. When the time was right, He sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilee, to the city of Nazareth and to a particular virgin girl named Mary.

If this baby—a royal descendant of David—was to be born in Bethlehem, then why did God choose Mary way up in Nazareth? The Bible does not give us all of the answers to these questions, but in this fascinating podcast, you will hear the story about the Galilee, the little village of Nazareth and the descendants of David who had moved there.

Discover why God may have chosen Mary and why she was so willing to carry this child as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah some 600 years earlier. God had been busy at work for hundreds of years setting the table for that amazing moment in history—the birth of the Messiah.

Join me this week on the Out of Zion podcast titled Setting the Stage, and we will tell the story behind the story of God's choice of Mary in Nazareth of the Galilee. This study is part 1 of our 3D Jesus series.

Dr. Susan Michael is USA Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and host of the Out of Zion podcast.

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