God transferred the life of his son into the womb of Mary, his chosen one, to bring to birth an earthly son by which he will bring salvation to everyone on the earth. Both Matthew and Luke gives differing accounts of his birth. Both showing that Joseph and Mary was of the lineage of David.
The messiah was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem of Judea but Joseph was living in Galilee so a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that everyone should be enrolled and Joseph went up from Galilee from the city of Nazareth to Jerusalem as he was from the lineage of Judah.(Luke 2 v 1-6)
Luke’s account also gives us the legal side of his birth according to the law of Moses that when the baby was taken to the temple for purification at 8 days old, the parents offered up “TWO TURTLE DOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS” this was the offering of anyone who could not afford a lamb according to the law. (Luke chapter 2 v 24, Leviticus chapter 12 v 6 – 8) this would prove that Mary and Joseph were of little means. But you might ask, what about the wonderful presents the “wise men brought him” when he was born? Surly then they could have afforded a lamb as the law dictates?
Take a look at the account with me in Matthew chapter 2 but before we read the account, go back to the pictures we have every year of the “nativity scene” at Christmas time where we have the three kings visiting the stable bearing gifts for the child, alongside the shepherds.
Now read the true account with me from God’s word.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king Matthew chapter 2 v 1-23 gives us a detailed account of these visitors who were seeking for the new baby that had been born “king of the Jews”.
They were most probably trained in astronomy and studied the stars. After seeing a special bright star and understanding a new king had been born they went to Jerusalem in search of this new king and when word reached king Herod he gathered all the chief priests and scribes together to find out where the Christ was to be born according to their prophecies and they told him in Bethlehem of Judea. (v 3-5)
Herod realised how far these men had travelled so he summoned them privately to find out exactly when they saw the star. (v 7) After Herod sent them on their way to look for the child he told them to tell him where the child was so that he too could worship him.
The star went before them and stood over the house where the young child was and verse 11 says “and going into the house they saw the child with Mary its mother and they fell down and worshipped him. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh”.
Note here, the account only says “wise men” not three, true there were three different gifts mentioned but not three men. Also, they travelled from the East from where they had seen the star, saying “where is he who HAS BEEN BORN”, so by the time the men arrived Jesus had already been born.
This is confirmed later in verses 7, 16-17, where Herod had all the baby boys killed up to the age of two years old, which also fulfilled the prophecies about these deaths, which was the time Herod got from the men when they said they saw the star while they were in the East before travelling to Jerusalem, by now Jesus would have been about two years old and not a new baby. This too is confirmed in verses 9-12 where the men entered into the HOUSE where they saw the young CHILD with Mary. Now no longer a babe in a manger in a stable but a young child living in a house.
So the nativity scene we have every year enacted for us is totally inaccurate to have three wise men in the stable with a newborn baby alongside the shepherd’s , you might think does it really matter? Well yes! It does matter; it is false and wrong to teach our children lies about God’s word of truth which we have documented by loyal ones to guide us to put faith in Jesus and his father. Remembering what Jesus taught, “by putting faith in him we might have eternal life” and to put faith in someone we need to know the truth about that one.
The account in Luke chapter 2 detailing the birth of Jesus is so moving starting in verse 8 it says ” and in that region there were shepherd’s out in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them and said to them “be not afraid for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people, for to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour who is Christ the lord. And this will be a sign for you, you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased”.
When the angels went away from them into heaven the shepherd’s went down to Bethlehem to see this wonderful event and they found the babe just as the angels had told them, so they related to the mother and the father what had happened to them and how they had the witness born to them of his birth through the heavenly host. What a wonderful blessing those lowly shepherds had that night.
The messiah had come onto the earth to change our future inheritance through his life and his very humiliating and painful death to release the Jews as the first fruits from the laws of Moses and including the gentiles to give them the chance to have eternal life by putting faith in him.
A NEW MEDIATOR FOR THE WORLD.