“The voice of one calling in the wilderness,” Matthew said of John the Baptist. “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven has come near,” John preached. Indeed, God sent His Son to restore us, that we may have eternal life with Him.
Jesus chose to obey His Heavenly Father in remaining in the temple at Jerusalem rather than accompany Joseph and Mary on their return trip to Nazareth. The scholars were amazed at His questions and understanding. Did any of them think this was the young Messiah?
Joseph and Mary were chosen by God to be responsible for the childhood of Jesus. They were enabled by Gods Spirit to provide an environment of safety and exposure to Jewish teachings. They were informed by an angel of the death of King Herod the Great and instructed to return to Israel. They were, also,… Read More »
The phrase “King of the Jews” kept ringing in Herod’s ears. He was the king and not about to let anybody or anything take that away from him. He devised a scheme whereby he would inform the travelers that he was interested in worshipping this child and that they should go to Bethlehem and then… Read More »
A commotion was going on in the city of Jerusalem. A caravan arrived and they were asking, “Where is the child that was born King of the Jews?” News of this quickly reached the ears of King Herod the Great. He wanted to know more, so he called a meeting of the Chief Priest, Pharisees,… Read More »
Following the birth of Jesus, God sent an angel to share the good news. Rather than sending the angel to the High Priest or the Pharisees or the Sadducees, He chose the shepherds. At this time in Jewish history, the occupation of shepherd was considered low in the social status. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTGYTmUTQIk
King Herod the Great was furious that the Wise Men did not return to disclose the location of the Child Jesus; so, he ordered the execution of all male children under the age of two in Bethlehem and surrounding vicinity. Having been warned by an angel, Mary, Joseph and Jesus were already safe in Egypt.
God arranged that His Son would not be born in a palace or even the best room at the Bethlehem Inn, but out back where the animals of the visitors were normally housed. The Baby’s step-parents, Mary and Joseph, were not wealthy; but, rather a working-class Jewish family, citizens of a land under Roman authority.
This trail is familiar to Mary because she returned from visiting with her cousin Elizabeth not long before this. Elizabeth was aware that Mary was pregnant with the Baby Jesus and since Elizabeth’s husband, Zachariah, was a priest, she would have known that Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem. This would have been a… Read More »
God’s timing is amazing. As the time approached, for the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth; but the prophet Micah had predicted that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. The Spirit of God prompted Caesar Augustus to issue a decree that a census was to be conducted in the land of Judea;… Read More »