There was a virgin girl, Mary, who was to be engaged to a man named Joseph. One day an angel of The Lord, Gabriel, came to Mary and told her she was to bear a son through the Holy Spirit. Instead of acting in doubt with the words of God through Gabriel, she trusted and praised God. We should do the same when we hear a word from God. When Mary’s husband-to-be, Joseph, heard of Mary’s pregnancy, he was thinking of breaking the engagement with her. Joseph was a righteous man. He wanted to secretly break up with her because he thought she was pregnant from another man. That would have been considered adultery and sin. When you commit adultery, Leviticus 20:10 commanded both the adulterer and the adulteress be put to death. Joseph could not live with an adulterous person. He loved Mary so much and did not want Mary to die. But, another angel of God came to him in a dream, telling him to not be afraid of marrying Mary, how she was pregnant, not by another man, but by the Holy Spirit, and that the son was to be named Jesus. In Hebrew, Jesus’ name is Yeshua. Hebrew names tend to have a meaning, and Yeshua’s name meant “the Lord Saves” or, more simply, “salvation”. When Joseph woke up he trusted the Word of God through the angel and soon was married to Mary.
According to the Book of Matthew in the Bible, baby Jesus was born during the days of Herod, the king at that time. He was born in Bethlehem, Judea. He was laid in a manger because there were no more rooms at the inns. There were also shepherds in the countryside spending time in the field, taking care of flocks of sheep. Then another angel of the Lord came to the shepherds, telling them the good news! Jesus, the savior of the world, was born, and the angels directed them on where to find Him. After the shepherds saw baby Jesus, they returned from where they came from and were praising God for what they had heard and seen, telling everyone about the king child. Why did God send an angel to the shepherds to tell them the good news first? Because God was giving us a clue that Jesus was going to be a shepherd in the future, leading His disciples.
Several years after Jesus’ birth, wise men from the East, who were Gentiles, came to Jerusalem asking where Jesus was born? They had traveled a long distant and wanted to worship Him because they followed a star, which we call the Star of Bethlehem. This “Star of Bethlehem” has fascinated many people. What was this star? Was it a supernatural star or did God use nature to display this star? It could not have been a shooting star because shooting stars move very fast, over 100,000 mph! There would not have been enough time for the wise men to find Jesus. Could it have been a comet? They rise in the East, they are spectacular, and they do endure over time. But it probably would not have been a comet because comets were considered a bad omen. God would not have used something considered “bad” to announce the “good” new of Jesus’ birth. What about a nova? Or an exploding star? They both last overtime, they rise in East, but they would not have been the Bethlehem Star because they, too, would be thought of as a bad omen. It could have been planet conjunction between the largest planet Jupiter with the brightest planet Venus that made the Bethlehem Star. Back then they had no telescope to allow them to zoom in and see what they thought was a star but was actually just two planets close to each other. With the wise men’s naked eye, they may have thought it was Jesus’ star instead of planet conjunction. It could have been a supernatural event because all things are possible for God. For more information on the Star of Bethlehem, sources will be provided below.
So why did God send His Son for us? Because He so loved the world that He give His only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in Him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. When we have troubles on this Earth, His Son can help us, and bring us peace, not from the world, but by His Holy Spirit. This give us the opportunity to live in His presence forever and ever, where there will no more pain, no more tears, no more death
The Book of Luke
The Book of Matthew
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