Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Birth of Jesus


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I combined Joseph dream and Jesus being born in the same post. We were talking in youth group one night, about Joseph and Mary. Our youth pastor said, that Mary was probably between 13 and 15 when Jesus was born and Joseph was probably in his 30's. Then, when a couple was engaged it was almost like being married. To break off the engagement was almost like today getting divorced. I thought that was interesting.

Today's passages are from Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-7. I'll break down Matthew 1:18-25 first and then go through Luke 2:1-7.

Matthew 1:18-25 KJV
18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary, was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost
19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary th wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21'And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying,
23"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.


Imagine an angel of God coming to you in a dream. In a way it would be comforting, knowing everything is alright. In another way, it would be frightening to have an angel appear to you in a dream.

Luke 2:1-7 KJV
1
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that ll the world should be taxed.
2And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.
5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7And 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.


I can't imagine having to travel by foot and/or donkey while pregnant. Then travelling all that way to find out there is no room in an inn for you to stay the night. Ending up sleeping in a stable with your newborn son. The Bible never says where Jesus was born, other than he was placed in a manager. This makes it appear that He was born in a stable but no one truly knows, except for Mary, Joseph, and God.

O Little Town of Bethlehem


O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

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