We celebrate Christmas for different reasons, but one of them is to celebrate Jesus. Christians each year remember the true meaning of what Christmas is about. This is the biblical meaning of Christmas, and it begins like this:
Before the foundation of the world, God chose His son to save man from their sins.
In Isaiah, we are told that a virgin will conceive a son and he will be named Immanuel. Which means God with us.
When the timing was perfect, God moved, and the plan was in action. It begins with Mary, who was a virgin spoken of in Isaiah. The angel Gabriel came to Mary and said;
Mary was greatly troubled by his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. So the angel told her,
At this time, Mary was pledged in marriage to Joseph. She was pregnant, but had never been with a man. Joseph was a righteous man and was unwilling to disgrace Mary publicly, so he was going to divorce her quietly.
However, when he had reflected on these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said;
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and embraced Mary as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a Son. And he gave Him the name Jesus.
Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem because the King called for a census. This fulfills the prophecy In Micah, where it says the child is to be born in Bethlehem. While they were there, the time came for Mary to give birth, and there was no room at the inn for them. So, they settled down in a stable, where baby Jesus was born in a manger.
In the surrounding fields lived shepherds who watched over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord came before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. After seeing the child, they spread the message they had received about Him. And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.
Therefore, each year during Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ, but the story does not stop there. Jesus’ birth was just the beginning, and there has to be an ending. The ending led Jesus to the cross, where He was crucified, which was prophesied in Psalm 22. On that cross, all the sins of man were put upon him, and he paid in full the price that God requires for the sins of mankind.
When He died on the cross, death could not keep Him nor conquer Him.
On the third day, he rose, and he ascended into heaven. Jesus is alive and is sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. We celebrate Christmas because the Messiah came, and Easter is a celebration of His victory over death. Remember what Christ did for us and the journey He took to save us from our sins. We hope you keep Christ in Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone, and celebrate Jesus, for He is the only reason to celebrate this special day!
He will be called Immanuel
Isaiah 7:14 BSB; Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 BSB; “Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).
Angel appeared to Mary
Luke 1:26-33 BSB; 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin pledged in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 So the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!”
Angel appeared to Joseph, the birth of Jesus
Matthew 1:18-25 BSB; 18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged in marriage to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had pondered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to embrace Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus,d because He will save His people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and embraced Mary as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a Son. And he gave Him the name Jesus.
Prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2 BSB; But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come forth for Me One to be ruler over Israel—One whose origins are of old, from the days of eternity.
Decree went out from Caesar Augustus
Luke 2:1 BSB; Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of the whole empire.
Prophecy that baby Jesus be born in Bethlehem
Matthew 2:5-6 BSB; 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’”
No Room at the Inn, Jesus is born
Luke 2:7 BSB; And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and The angel
Luke 2:8-20 BSB; 8 And there were shepherds residing in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. 9 Just then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! 12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 After they had seen the Child, they spread the message they had received about Him. 18 And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, which was just as the angel had told them.
Luke 23-24 BSB; 23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices for Jesus to be crucified. And their clamor prevailed. 24 So Pilate sentenced that their demand be met. 25 As they had requested, he released the one imprisoned for insurrection and murder, and handed Jesus over to their will.
Jesus in Heaven
Ephesians 1:20 BSB; which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms,
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