The Study of Jesus Christ

Exploring the significance of Jesus' birth

The Birth of the Messiah

The Narration of His Birth

4  Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5  in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6  While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7  And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:4-7)

The Fulfilled Prophecy Concerning the Manner of His Birth

18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19  And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20  But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21  "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22  Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23  "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US." 24  And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25  but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)

The Destiny of the Child

30  The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31  "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32  "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." (Luke 1:30-33)

Prophecies of the Child

6  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7  There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

67  And his father Zacharias [the priest] was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68  "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69  And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant— 70  As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— 71  Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES, And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US; 72  To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, 73  The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, 74  To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75  In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. (Luke 1:67-75)

(Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.)

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Updated January 30, 2022