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November 21    Scripture

New Testament: Birth of Jesus
"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." - Luke 2:7

Gabriel Encourages Joseph The Bible reveals that when Mary began to show her pregnancy Joseph became very confused. While Joseph was contemplating divorcing her secretly the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream revealing that the child in her womb was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The Lord encouraged Joseph that the child would be named Jesus, which means in Hebrew "Jehovah is salvation" for Jesus will "save his people from their sins". Joseph believed the Lord and obeyed him.

Jesus Is Circumcised And Presented In The Temple After eight days from the birth of Jesus He was circumcised and given the name Jesus according to the word of the Angel of the Lord. Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to Jerusalem to be presented before the Lord at the Temple, and to make a sacrifice according to the law.

Mary Visits Her Relative Elizabeth Mary, upon hearing the good news immediately made arrangements to go and visit her relative Elizabeth in the hill country of Judea. It was quite a long journey from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea, and travel could be very difficult in those days. When she arrived Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and the child lept in her womb.

The Angel Gabriel Comes To Mary The Angel Gabriel came to a young virgin in the city of Nazareth whose name was Mary. Gabriel announced the good news to Mary that God would fulfill his promises to his people Israel, and that she would bear the special privilege of giving birth to the Messiah.

The Announcement To The Shepherds The moment Jesus was born there were shepherds watching over their flocks in the hills of Judea at nighttime. Suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in the glory of the Lord shine brightly all around them. He said to 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 Savior, 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."

The Bethlehem Inn And Manger The Bible records that as they arrived in Bethlehem the inn was full and there was no room for them. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, in a stable for animals, within Bethlehem. The Bible does not record all of the details, but the King of the universe, the creator of all things entered our world in the most humblest of places.

The Decree Of Augustus The Roman Emperor Augustus gave a decree that the whole world would be taxed and that a census would be taken. He ordered every Jew to return to their ancestral home for the census. Both Joseph and Mary were descendants of David, who was from Bethlehem.

The Magi The Bible reveals that at this time, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem seeking the King of the Jews to worship Him. Herod became enraged. He then told the Magi to go and find the child and let him know where the child was so that he can also come and worship him. But they were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod. They once again saw the star which they had seen in the East and rejoiced, the star led them to the house where Joseph and Mary and the child were.

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