The greatest event to happen to planet Earth was when God sent His Beloved Son Jesus to this World to save us all and bring the blessings of God anyone who would receive Him.
The birth of Jesus was a miraculous event that was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a Virgin, that is a FACT and the Bible confirms that the Birth of The Messiah would be from a Virgin, the Old Testament teaches us this in Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God with us” and Jesus is God with us.
The Word Became Flesh
The Birth of Jesus is marked by our calendars in B.C. Before Christ (meaning before His Birth) and A.D. After Death (meaning After Christ’s Death). This is a reminder to us all that Jesus came to this World to live as man, though He was God. Every time we say the year, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 20?? etc., we are saying it has been this long since the Christ lived among us. Even our calendars testify to the Life of Christ, The Word became flesh and lived among us.
Jesus is the Word of God and the Word became flesh and lived among us. Jesus is God incarnate, meaning God in flesh and blood. God came to live among us and mankind beheld His Glory, the Glory of the one and only Son of God, who came from The Father. The Word of God, The Torah and the Books of the Prophets all came to Life when Jesus was born on Earth.
The Word of God teaches us in John:1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
How was Jesus Born?
Jesus’ birth was a miracle from God and it proves His Divinity as the Son of God and testifies to him being the Christ, our Lord and Savior. Some false religions and others often try to discredit the Virgin Birth. The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ did occur as it is clearly documented in the Bible. Any person or group that tries to discredit the true Gospel message of Jesus’ Virgin Birth has erred from faith and must repent of this false teaching and believe the truth before it’s too late. Every other man on Earth born has a man as his father and Jesus Christ is the only exception to this rule.
Jesus is the only man that was born of God. The Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary and she conceived a Child. Not an ordinary child but one Whose Father was God Himself. The Angel Gabriel brought a very important message to Mary; a message that would change not only her life but the lives of each and every person on Earth. In scripture when you see the Archangel Gabriel show up with a message, it is a very important message from the Throne of God. The birth of Jesus was much too important no to have God send a special message announcing His birth.
The Archangel Gabriel makes the Announcement of Jesus’ Immaculate Conception:
God sends the Archangel Gabriel to the City of Galilee, also called Nazareth, to deliver the greatest message that anyone has ever received. He greets Mary by saying “Hail, thou art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”. When Mary heard this greeting she was troubled because the manner of the salutation. The Angel Gabriel comforts her by telling her to “Fear not, for you have found favor with God”. Mary indeed has found favor with God and Gabriel tells Mary that you are about to conceive in your womb, a son and you shall name Him Jesus”. Gabriel also tells Mary that He shall be great and “He shall be called the Son of the Highest and God shall give him the throne of His father David”. Anyone familiar with the Old Testament has heard that God promised Israel that David’s throne will endure forever. This Angel Gabriel is now letting Mary and all the World know that the birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of this Old Testament prophecy in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah 9:6, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The Bible teaches us in Luke 1:
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
After Gabriel tells Mary this great message, He has another message concerning her cousin Elizabeth. This is what Gabriel tells Mary:
Luke 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
The Virgin Mary submits to will and plan of God:
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
John the Baptist’s miraculous birth and his father being speechless until his birth:
Let’s look at what Gabriel told Mary about her cousin Elizabeth. It is highly important that we understand that God can do anything but fail and nothing is impossible with God. God chose a barren woman and her husband, whose names were Zacharias and Elizabeth, as a great sign of the significance of the birth of John the Baptist and the significance of his role as the forerunner for Christ Jesus. Gabriel appears to Zacharias with a great message for him. He tells Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth, who was barren, “shall bare a son and they shall name him John”. Gabriel also tells them about Johns role; “he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord”. This again is very significant because it clearly shows us that John came in the spirit and power of Elias as it was prophesied in the Old Testament that forerunner for the Messiah would do. At first Zacharias didn’t believe and Gabriel told him that because of his unbelief, he will not be able to speak until the day the child John is born, this too was a great sign of John’s role as the Messiah’s forerunner.
Gabriel appears to Zacharias:
The Word of God teaches us in
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Sometime shortly after the Angel Gabriel tells Mary about her cousin Elizabeth, Mary goes to visit Elizabeth. Gabriel told Zachariah that the John the Baptist would be filled with the Holy Ghost from his birth. Elisabeth tells Mary that as soon as they greeting reached my ears, the a baby leaded in her womb. This was John being filled with the Holy Ghost as the Angel Gabriel said that he would be “from his mother’s womb”. The powerful presence of Jesus the Messiah in Mary’s womb could be felt in Mary’s voice and this was greeting her cousin, and John felt that power in his mother Elizabeth’s womb and he was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. This is very powerful!
The Word of God says in Luke 1:
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
John the Baptist is born and his father Zacharias’ speech is restored as another great sign of the John’s role as the forerunner for the Messiah.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
When Joseph finds out that Mary is pregnant before they have known each other intimately, he plans to end their relationship privately because he doesn’t want to tell cause her any public shame. God sent his Angel to Joseph in a dream to confirm Mary’s Virgin conception and that the Virgin birth of Jesus was the Christ prophesied by the prophets. God confirms to Joseph that what Mary has said and witnessed is true, Joseph then consents to take Mary as his wife.
The Bible teaches us in Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream,saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem as it was prophesied in the Old Testament. The fact that a decree went out from the government of that day for each person to travel to the town of their birth to be taxed, which is Bethlehem for Joseph because he was of the lineage of David, is another evidence that Jesus is the Christ and that God’s Word will be fulfilled.
The bible teaches us in Luke 2:
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Birth of Jesus was the Greatest Event to ever happen on Earth and God sent His Angels into Bethlehem to tell the Good News of the Christ Child’s Birth.
This is another great sign from God, Angels appear to shepherds in the field watching over the flock and the Angel of the Lord proclaims the Good News of the Messiah Birth in the city of David. The Word God says:
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
A Heavenly Host of Angels suddenly Appears to give Praise to God for the Great Gift He has given to all mankind. This is the Heavenly Chorus praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and Peace on Earth, good will toward men. The birth of Jesus is heralded by the Angels. Jesus is the Gift of God that takes away the sins of the World, He is our Lord and Savior.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
A Bright Star in the Heavens was a sign to the Wise Men who witnessed it that a Great King is being born in Israel. This star serves a sign to all mankind that Jesus birth was not just the birth of a man but His birth was the Birth of God’s very own Son.
The Pilgrimage of the Magi (Wise Men) to Israel as they followed the Great Star in the Heavens; they first stopped in Jerusalem to inquire about the “He that is born King of the Jews”. There search led then them to Bethlehem at it is was prophesied by the prophets of the Old Testament that the Messiah would be born is Bethlehem. Because of this Great Star the wise men knew something great was happing in Israel and they had been obviously expecting the Messiah, they knew the signs of the time pointed to the coming of this Great King. The fact that these wise men said they have “come to worship Him”, let us know that they knew this was no ordinary king but the One who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Bible teaches us in Matthew 2:
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1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Matthew 2:6 is a reference to the old testament prophet Micah 5:2 that declares the Christ would be born in Bethlehem.
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
The Prophecy of Simeon: Simeon was a just man of God who had been told by the Holy Ghost that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Christ, the Messiah. Jesus was raised according to the Jewish customs and traditions so his parents(Mary and Joseph) took Him to the temple on the 8th day of His birth to be circumcised. Simeon was led by the Holy Spirit to the temple that day and when He knew that this child Jesus was the Christ. He took the child in his arms and he blessed God. He also prophetically spoke about Jesus’ mission; He told his mother Mary “and a sword shall pierce your heart”, he was speaking of Jesus’ death burial and crucifixion. When the Messiah comes to the temple, you expect God to have His Servants there to greet Him, Honor Him and Witness who he is, that is exactly what Simeon did.
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
The Prophecy of Anna: Another witness named Anna who was a prophetess, thanked the Lord and spoke about Jesus being the Messiah to all who look for the redemption of Israel.
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36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
The Boy Jesus at the Temple: At 12 years old we find Jesus is growing up very well and He is in the temple teaching and listening to the doctors/scholars. They are all amazed at His wisdom and understanding, “all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers”. He knew that God was His father and He gives us the clearest truth of this when He said to His mother “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”. Jesus knew from at an early age that He had no earthly father but His Father was God.
God’s Word says in Luke 2:
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
The birth Jesus was the beginning of His Earthly mission. The many signs in this section clearly prove that Jesus’ Virgin birth was truly a miraculous event that was filled with many great signs that all point to Jesus as Messiah and His birth fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. People want to take Christ of our Christmas but the truth of the matter is that Jesus Christ is not just a part of Christmas, He is Christmas. Once we are born again we don’t have to wait to December 25th to celebrate Christ’s birth, everyday is Christmas because we have Christ in our hearts.
We are grateful to God for giving the World the Greatest gift ever given, His Son Jesus.