The birth of Jesus Christ didn't happen at a random time in human history. Certain conditions had to be in place to allow this part of God's plan to be carried out. And when those conditions were met, God sent the archangel Gabriel to a young Jewish woman named Miriam (Mary) with a stunning announcement—she would be the one to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah!
United Church of God Pastor, Beyond Today Managing Editor
Scott Ashley is managing editor of Beyond Today magazine, United Church of God booklets and its printed Bible Study Course. He and his wife, Connie, live near Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Ashley attended Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas, graduating in 1976 with a theology major and minors in journalism and speech. It was there that he first became interested in publishing, an industry in which he has worked for more than 40 years.