“Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, in the days when Herod was king of the province. Not long after his birth there arrived from the east a party of astrologers making for Jerusalem and enquiring as they went, ‘Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and we have come here to pay homage to him.’Read More
“As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. ‘Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.’ They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!” (Luke 2:15-20)Read More
The birth of God’s son, Jesus, is such a great picture of the vast character of God. You’ve got to smile. Consider the dichotomy at the birth of Christ. The King of Kings, born in a stable, without the fanfare and celebration of family and friends. Angels announced Jesus’ birth - not to the Jewish leaders or the politically powerful, but rather to shepherds who were tending their sheep. The announcement wasn’t made in the middle of the day, but in the dark of night when most people were asleep.
He is a God who came to this world humbly, yet He was and is the Almighty, Holy God. He was born in the simple surroundings of a stable, yet angels sang at his birth. He is . . .Read More
“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’” (Luke 2:8-14)Read More
“At that time a proclamation was made by Caesar Augustus that all the inhabited world should be registered. This was the first census, undertaken while Cyrenius was governor of Syria and everybody went to the town of his birth to be registered. Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s town, Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was a direct descendant of David, to be registered with his future wife, Mary, now in the later stages of her pregnancy. So it happened that it was while they were there in Bethlehem that she came to the end of her time. She gave birth to her first child, a son. And as there was no place for them inside the inn, she wrapped him up and laid him in a manger.” (Luke 2:1-7)
“The birth of Jesus Christ happened like this. When Mary was engaged to Joseph, just before their marriage, she was discovered to be pregnant—by the Holy Spirit. Whereupon Joseph, her future husband, who was a good man and did not want to see her disgraced, planned to break off the engagement quietly. But while he was turning the matter over in his mind an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife! What she has conceived is conceived through the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to a son, whom you will call Jesus (‘the Saviour’) for it is he who will save his people from their sins.’
All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet—‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’. [‘Immanuel’ means ‘God with us.‘]Read More
“A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, ‘God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.’
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.” (Luke 1:39-56)Read More
“Mary asked the angel, ‘But how can this happen? I am a virgin.’Read More
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.Read More
“But Zacharias replied to the angel, ‘How can I know that this is true? I am an old man myself and my wife is getting on in years ...‘Read More
“The crowded congregation outside was praying at the actual time of the incense-burning, when an angel of the Lord appeared . . .Read More
The story begins in the days when Herod was king of Judea with a priest called Zacharias . . .Read More
Between the close of the Old Testament writings and the birth of Christ there are approximately 400 years without any prophetic word from God. A “prophetic word” means that God gave a specific message to the people of Israel through one of His prophets. The lack of any word from God through this 400 year period is known as the “Silent Years.” Can you imagine?
400 Years of Silence.Read More