Birth of Jesus
Birth of Jesus
Mary humbly asks how that could happen. Gabriel explains that the Holy Spirit will be responsible for accomplishing the pregnancy. She visits her relative, Elizabeth, who’s also miraculously pregnant. Elizabeth confirms that Mary carries the Son of God. Mary once again rejoices.
Emperor Augustus orders a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. Joseph returns to Bethlehem with a pregnant Mary, his betrothed. They stay in the only place available: a stable. Nearby, shepherds take care of their sheep when an angel appears to them. The angel declares the birth of Jesus.
They rush to the stable and are the first to spread the news of the virgin Mary and the miraculous birth of Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior.
How does Mary respond to the angel?
How does Jesus happen to be born in Bethlehem?
Who are the first to know and tell of the birth of Jesus? Why?
Luke 1 covers Luke’s introduction, Gabriel’s visit to Mary, and Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. Additional material can be found there, speaking of the complementary birth of the one who would come before Jesus, John.
Mary and the Holy Spirit join to form the flesh and spirit of Jesus, respectively. Jesus, as such, was born sinless, a perfect sacrifice. He then, as established in The Beginning, could then be sacrificed to cover the sins of all mankind.
Luke 2:1-20 speaks of the census, traveling to Bethlehem, the birth, and the angel’s declaration to the shepherds. Prophecies are fulfilled by the arrangement of events. God leaves no detail unnoticed. The same can be said of our own lives.
The shepherds are another wonderful touch by the creator. Jesus would be known as our shepherd. With the birth of Jesus, God establishes the character Jesus would exhibit throughout His life and ministry. He did not come for the religious elite. He came for the common Jews and Gentiles alike.