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A Chronological Story of Christmas

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A Chronological Story of Christmas By Ron Lighthall Mathew introduces the earthly mother of Jesus, Mathew 1:18 "This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: "His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit."" Due to the fact that Mary was already promised to Joseph, but not yet married, being pregnant caused Mary to worry that Joseph would rebuke her. Mary was a devout, Godly person, and was known throughout Galilee to be sinless. The birth of Jesus is foretold in Luke where the circumstances surrounding this miraculous and Holy conception are described. Luke 1:26-28, "In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."" Gabriel calms Mary then tells her, Luke 1:31-35, ""You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." ...read more.

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Inquiry of the wise men regarding the birth of Jesus caused King Herod concern. It should be noted that King Herod was a very evil, jealous, and unscrupulous ruler over Judea during this period. This is depicted in scripture, Mathew 2:1- 5, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:"" Hearing this Herod became very interested in finding Jesus. It should be noted here that Herod's reason for finding Jesus was not to worship Him; he wanted to harm Him. For Herod, there was no room for another King...he wasn't going to chance his rule and authority for the child named Jesus. ...read more.

Conclusion

From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." " Prophesied Accomplishments through Jesus: * Micah 5:2, "But you, Bethlahem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old ancient times" (The promise of the coming of the Lord) * Mathew 2:15, "And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son.""(out of Egypt God called Jesus) * Mathew 2:17,18, "Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.""(note: Herod killing male children) * Mathew 2:23, "And he went and lived in a town called Nazereth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazerene"" (Jesus moves to Nazereth) * Luke 1:70,71, "(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us." (The promise of Salvation) 1 ...read more.

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