What a blessing that the week we cover the birth of Christ, it is also the week of Christmas!
Today is when we venture into storytelling with multiple gospels. Last time we covered the birth of Christ’s cousin, John the Baptist.
Genealogy Of Christ
This is can be found in Matthew 1:01-17. Something interesting is that Christ came from Judah’s bloodline, not Joseph. There are a lot of big names in Christ’s bloodline and some may be surprising. I will say, the more you study the Bible the more interesting Christ’s bloodline becomes.
Joseph Is Made Aware Mary Conceived Through The Holy Spirit
As we learned, Mary conceived through the Holy Spirit. She was engaged to Joseph. He was a righteous man, from the bloodline of David. He was concerned that should Mary be found with child she would be made an example. This means Mary would be stoned for becoming pregnant out of wedlock. But an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and revealed the truth. Joseph follows through with instructions and leaves to take Mary as his wife. He did not know her intimately until after the birth of Christ.
Census Led Them Into Bethlehem
There was a decree that the world should be registered. Joseph leaves to be registered with his wife Mary while Mary was still pregnant. They travel to Bethlehem. While there, they were not able to find a place to stay as the inn was full. Instead, Mary gave birth in a barn like structure laying Christ in a manger wrapped in swaddling cloths.
Birth Of Christ Revealed To Shepherds
In the area of where Mary and Joseph were with Baby Jesus, there were shepherds out in the field watching over their sheep. An angel of the Lord stood before them and God’s glory shone throughout. Understandably, the shepherds were afraid, not understanding.
The angel assures them not to be afraid. Giving them tidings of great joy because a Savior has been born. The angel tells them a sign to them would be to find the Baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
Immediately after this, the angel is joined with a multitude of the heavenly host. They praise God, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
When the angels went back into heaven, the shepherds wanted to journey to Bethlehem. They hurried quickly and found the family. When they saw the Baby they immediately went around and let everyone know what had been told to them.
Mary kept all of these things and pondered them in her heart (v.19)
The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for what they saw and heard.
What To Take Away– Even when it may have seemed bleak to the parents of Christ, God provided for Christ to be born. In a manger of all things. His birth was holy, it represented a huge promise God made to Israel. God still keeps His word to this day. It’s important we never forget that. It’s important we understand why this birth is so significant.
Next time we will read about more people who awaited the arrival of Christ, not the wise men (that’s later) but a dying man and an older woman.
What does the birth of Christ mean to you?
Monthly Scripture- (NIV) Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
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