Friday, July 14, 2017

The birth of Jesus

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Living in the town of Nazareth was a young woman called Mary. She was promised in marriage to a man called Joseph.
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God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth with a message for Mary. ‘Don’t be afraid Mary,’ the angels said, ‘You have found favour with God.
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‘You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. His Kingdom will never end.’

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‘How will this be,’ Mary asked, ‘Since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will be on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth was promised a baby and she is now six months pregnant. God’s word never fails.’
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‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May what you say happen.’ Then the angel left her.
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When Joseph found that Mary was having a baby by the Holy Spirit he secretly planned to break the marriage agreement that had been made.

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An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, don’t be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because her baby is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’
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When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (He did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son).
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Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth who lived in the hill country of Judea. She and her husband Zechariah had been promised by God they would have a son who would grow up to prepare people for the coming of the Saviour of the world. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

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In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you Mary among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! Why am I so privileged, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as you greeted me, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Happy is the woman who believes the Lord keeps His promises!’ Mary burst out in praise, ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’ (Luke 1:46-55).
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Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home to Nazareth.
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Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Everyone was ordered to return to their family home town to register.

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For Mary and Joseph this meant a long trip south to the town of Bethlehem as they were both descendants of King David. Mary’s baby was due to be born.
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When they arrived there was no room for them in the inn so they spent the night where the animals sheltered.

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That night Mary gave birth to her first born son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger.
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Jesus, the Saviour of the World had arrived just as God had promised.

The birth of Jesus
An angel tells Mary and then Joseph of the birth of God's Son, Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-24, Luke 1:26-56, Luke 2:1-7

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