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The Birth of Jesus
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia,people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular innature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whoseteachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees,attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.
The birth of Jesus Christ is in direct fulfillment of many Bible prophecies, Isaiah 7:14 of the virgin birth; Gen 3:15 that hewas born of the seed of woman, Isaiah 11:1 that he would descend from the line of Jesse (king David); Micah 5:2 thathe would be born in Bethlehem; Matthew 2:18 + Jeremiah 31:15 that Herod would slaughter all the children in anattempt for the Devil to kill the Christ child. All these prophecies were made at least 500 years before Jesus was born.They stand as an irrefutable monument to the inspiration of the Bible and prove that God revealed himself through hismessiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
Here is a strictly Biblical chronology of the birth of Christ. Jesus was born in the manger of an inn because there was noroom for Mary and Joseph to stay in a room, in Bethlehem (Matthew 1:25 & Luke 2:1-7).That same night, angels announced to the shepherds that Christ was born and they visited the newborn Christ at themanger (Luke 2:8-20). In this way, all shepherds, who as a class had a very low social status, would take a keen andearly interest in the Chief Shepherd (Jn 10:11; 1 Pet 5:4). Jesus is the "lamb ... who will be their shepherd" in Rev 7:17.It was fitting for many reasons that God designed that shepherds be the first to hear the gospel. All the patriarchs,Abraham, Isaac and Jacob etc., were shepherds. King David was a shepherd, and was not originally even considered acandidate as king. Jesus was the "good shepherd" (Jn 10:1ff). The office of overseers of the local churches (1 Tim 3; Tit1) uses two other interchangeable words to describe the single office: Elders and Shepherds. (Acts 20:17,28; 1 Peter5:1-2).
Jesus was circumcised when He was eight days old (Luke 2:21). Jesus was then presented in the temple 33 days laterafter the "days of purification" were competed, which is the 40th day after Jesus was born. (Leviticus 12:2-6 & Luke2:22-38).
Book of Matthew
begins with a genealogy tracing the line from Abraham (to whom the promises were made),through David (who became the first king in the line of the covenant promises), to Jesus Christ. This genealogy showsthat the family of Joseph was in the line of the kings--that Jesus was the “son” of David. Accordingly, Matthew willpresent Jesus as the promised King--the Messiah. But we will begin our study with the first narrative paragraph.
Note of clarification: The word christos is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word mashiah (pronounced mah-she-ack),which means “anointed one.” It is a description of a king. ”Christ,” then, is a title indicating that Jesus is the anointedking, the promised Messiah.
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but beforethey came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.19Because Joseph her husband was arighteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do