A Christmas story to remember .. The birth of Jesus Christ!
In the verses from Luke below, we’ll discover the beginnings of why Making Christ Known was started, to mark the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This lesson takes us through what was happening at the time of His birth and how a child was given who would rule the universe.
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The Christmas Story – Birth of Jesus Christ
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
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:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
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.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. – Luke 2:1-20 NKJV
History of the Birth of Christ
It always amazes me at how God works and the chain of events leading up to the final outcome.
There is no doubt that God is in control of history.
By God allowing the decree of Emperor Augustus during the period of Pax Romana (Roman Peace), Jesus was born in the very town prophesied for his birth (Micah 5:2), even though Mary and Joseph did not live there.
The Roman Census
Joseph and Mary were both descendants of David so the law stated that they were to return to the town of their family to register for the census. That town just happened to be Bethlehem.
Prophecies are spread throughout the Old Testament foretelling that the Messiah would be born in David’s royal line (see for example, Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 33:15; Ezekiel 27:24; Hosea 3:5).
The birth of Jesus is exciting news indeed. But, it is really novel the way events lead up to his birth according to the way God planned it.
Why Was Christ Born?
One more thought. Even though the birth of Jesus is absolutely sensational it pales in comparison to the death and resurrection of Christ.
What He Did for You and Me
He came to us a helpless baby and we celebrate the birth of Jesus every Christmas.
But, it was the grown man who taught the people about God, and the man who went to the cross to die – and the man who rose three days later so that His spirit could dwell among us so that we can have eternal life.
As the song rings ..
“.. from the cradle to the cross, from the cross to the sky ..”
Always remember that the birth of Jesus MUST be followed by the cross to have any meaning, and Christmas is only the beginning of the story – not the end.
God’s Eternal Love for Us
Christ was born for one reason only – to come to earth, live among us, and then to die and rise again so that you and I might be saved and have eternal life with God. He loves us that much!
And this is the real Christmas story – Isn’t Christ awesome?
Love in Christ
If you would like to find out more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version