In the beginning of time God created a beautiful and perfect world for mankind to live in and enjoy. God loved mankind so much He created them in His image and gave them a will, the ability to choose their destiny and who would be their ruler and king. Man and woman lived in perfect harmony with God their creator and all His creation until the enemy of God, Satan the deceiver, tricked them into believing his lie and they rebelled against their God and King. And on this all mankind fell into sin and the whole world fell into corruption.
God had a plan to send His Son to redeem mankind, to give them another chance, even before He formed the earth because He knew the trickster would deceive them into believing his lie. God promised that the woman’s seed would crush the serpent’s head though the serpent would bruise His heel. The Messiah would come to give those who believed in Him another chance for eternal life with God their Father.
An angel named Gabriel visited a young girl named Mary and told her that she was chosen by God to give birth to the Son of God and to name Him Jesus. Jesus the Son of God came and would save all the people who believed in Him and also would give them light in this dark world. Marywho was a virgin did not understand how this would happen, because she was engaged to Joseph and they were not married yet. The angel Gabrielthen told her that the Holy Spirit would come to her and the power of God would come over her and she will give birth to a baby boy, the Son of God.
Mary was so excited she went to visit her cousins Elisabeth and Zacharias who were having a baby also, to tell them the Good News. When Mary entered the house and greeted Elisabeth the young baby that Elisabeth she was carrying leaped inside her and Elisabeth started praising God saying blessed was Mary, the mother of our Lord. Blessed is she because shebelieved God and did not doubt His word that was sent by the angelGabriel. Mary also begins praising God saying, my soul do magnify the Lord, and my spirit rejoice in God my Saviour. Because He has done a great thing to me and has shown mercy to those who accept His Son as their Saviour. God saw Mary who was of low means and though some people thought she was of little value, yet God the All Mighty One did a great thing for her that she would give birth to the baby Jesus, who is called the Son of God and the Son of Man.
Mary went back home to Joseph and they were required to travel to Bethlehem for the census and to pay their taxes. People from all over had gone to Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus, the emperor orderedeveryone to return to the place they were from. Many people were sad because their trip was hard and some people had to travel a long way even though they did not have much money or much food.
One night the dark sky opened with a great light and an angel appeared to the shepherds who were in the fields feeding their sheep and told them not to be afraid, because I bring good news of Great Joy that is for all the people in the world! This day in the city of David a Saviour, Jesus Christ the Son of God is born in Bethlehem. Even though Jesus is a Great King,they would find Him lying in a manger swaddled and wrapped in strips of cloth. All of a sudden the heaven were filled with a great multitude of angels singing and praising God saying, Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth and good will toward all men. They began singing a new song of God’s Glory and Majesty while praising God for His loving kindness and His tender mercies toward everyone in sending a Wonderful Saviour.
It was the night baby Jesus, the Son of God, was born, of lowly means, in a stable and laid in a feeding trough. This is where the animals usually ate their food but this was His bed, a manger because there was no room for Him, His mother or Joseph in the inn. God had heard the prayers of the people and saw that they were sad because of the hard and unkind ruler Cesar so God sent them a new King, Jesus.
A child was born and a Son was given to humanity and a new government was put on His shoulders one that is just and fair for everyone. People will call Jesus Wonderful because He has done marvelous things. They will call Him Counselor because He will advise and resolve advertises without prejudice or favoritism. He is The Mighty God who is a powerful warrior and a valiant man who protects to keeps His people from total destruction. Jesus is the Prince of Peace; He is the Lord and Keeper of our peace that we may have health and prosperity. Jesus gives us Favour with God the everlasting Father.
While Jesus was a young child wise men from a Far East country saw His star and came to worship Him. These men are believed, by some, to be of the family of Keturah, the wife of Abraham, who he married after the death of his first wife Sarah. She bore him six sons and before Abraham died he gave them gifts and sent them to live in the east country because Isaac was the promised heir to inherit the promised land of Israel. Before Keturah and her sons left Abraham, he taught them the word and the promises of God to send a King, a Messiah to redeem all mankind. It is believed that Abraham became the father of many nations, both physically and spiritually, those who trusted in God and Jesus Christ His Redeemer. The children of Keturah were not of the tribes of Israel but they were children of Abraham and they lived in the east country and they too were waiting the salvation of God, the promised Messiah.
Genesis 25:1-2, 6 KJV
“Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.”
Wise men from the east country came bringing riches to honor the King of all kings. They possibly thought surely the Jewish people were waiting in anticipation for their King and they asked Herod where is He that is born King of the Jews? Because they had seen His star and have come to Judaea to worship Him. At this Herod was very troubled and all Jerusalem with him. Israel had lost sight of the promise of God to send their Redeemer and Messiah and it appeared none in Judaea were awaiting His birth. The priests were asked where the Christ would be born and theanswered in Bethlehem of Judaea.
Herod questioned the wise men diligently about the time the star appeared so he would know about how old the baby should be. He sent them to Bethlehem and asked them to come and tell him when they had found the baby so that he too might worship him. King Herod was trying to deceive the wise men because he really wanted to destroy the new born King.
The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem as it stood over the place the young child, Jesus was. They all rejoiced with exceeding great joy! They were so happy to find Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah and King of kings. When they came into the house they saw Jesus, the young child with His mother Mary and they bowed down at His feet and worshipped Him. They began opening their treasures and presented Him with great gifts such as gold, frankincense and myrrh all of these were items of great wealth which God had given for the provision of His Son. Even today wise men, women and children are still seeking Jesus so that they too may worship Him and bring to Him their gifts however big or small Jesus welcomes and receives them all.
These wise men were about to leave and return to their home land to spread the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ but they were warned in a dream by God to go another way and they should not return to Herod. So they left going to their own country a different way. God also told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt to hide Him from Herod.
Jesus was just a young child but Herod still wanted to destroy Him because he was jealous and feared Jesus would someday take over his kingdom. Herod was angry when he saw that the wise men did not return to reveal to him where the Messiah was so he sent his solders to slay all the children who were two years old and younger. This was according to the time that the wise men had given him.
There was a great cry in the land of all the mothers and fathers who had lost their children at the hand of Satan, God’s enemy, who wanted to once try again to destroy all mankind and their hope of salvation. God provide a way for Jesus and His family to go to Egypt where they would not be destroyed. Even today God provides a way for His people to keep them from total destruction of the enemy. Because of Satan and sin there is still pain in this world but God will provide away out for those who follow His voice that they will not be destroyed.
God told Joseph in a dream to return to Israel because, Herod was dead and they returned and lived in a city called Nazareth. The child grew and increased in strength, He became strong in spirit and He was filled with wisdom. At the age of twelve He was found sitting with the doctors and teachers hearing them and asking them questions. Those who heard Him were amazed and wonder at His understanding and His answers. Jesus grew in height, in wisdom and in Favor with God and the people and He went about His Heavenly Father’s business saving and healing the people.
The grace of God that brings Salvation has appeared to all humanity, teaching them to live soberly in this present world. Jesus came to redeem God’s creation, every child and every person can now choose to have a new birth a new beginning as children of God. Everyone has the choice of their will to accept or reject God. Every person can say yes to God, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, Jesus Christ our Saviour, who gave Himself for us all, that He might redeem us from the curse and destruction of this world.
Titus 2:11, 13-14KJV
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Every person can have a story to tell of their birth one who was saved from the destruction of the enemy and became a child of the God in the Highest!
Titus 3:4 KJV
…the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Because of the love of God everyone have a chance at a new beginning to come to God and allow Jesus to live in them a new life where the old way of living is passed away and they become a new creation in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 KJV
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”