The Incredible Way God Used Ordinary People to Bring Us Jesus

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By Billy Hallowell Published on December 24, 2019

As the world prepares to celebrate Jesus’ birth, one author is inspiring us to look deeper and more introspectively at the Christmas story.

Daniel Darling, author of The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus recently told “The PureFlix Podcast” why he finds the story of Jesus’ birth so incredible.

“When we think about the Christmas story you think about all those people around the nativities that are in our homes [and Christmas plays],” he said. “These were ordinary people in the first century who were swept up in the story of God sending his son to Earth.”

So, Darling set out on a mission to tell these peoples’ stories, noting that each of the biblical figures involved in Christ’s birth helps show the “kind of people” who make up God’s kingdom.

Check out Darling’s incredible take on the Christmas story: “The Characters of Christmas” is filled with ordinary stories of people who were enveloped into the greatest story ever told.

“Outsiders like the Magi who follow the star, follow the spirit … [are] the kind of people who make up this story,” Darling said.

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The author specifically noted God’s incredible way of using surprising and unsuspecting people to accomplish His goals — something Christians believe is inherent throughout the biblical text.

“God often chooses the weak things of this world to confound the wise,” Darling said. He’s hoping The Characters of Christmas helps people see that the “baby in the manger is the hope for the world.”

“We should be so filled with joy that people want to investigate the story,” he said.

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Billy Hallowell has worked as a journalist and commentator for more than a decade. He is the director of communications and content for, the former senior editor at and the former faith and culture editor at TheBlaze.

This article was originally published on Pure Flix Insider. Visit Pure Flix for access to thousands of faith and family-friendly movies and TV shows. You can get a free trial here.

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