His Birth

Predicted

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” – Isaiah 7:14.  The prophet Isaiah wrote about the birth of the Savior.  God revealed to him that the Child born of Mary, the virgin would be called Immanuel which means, “God with us”.  Jesus was God incarnate–He was God in human flesh. 

Fulfilled

Christ Born of Mary

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.  But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus –  Matthew 1:18-25

In the Fullness of Time

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law – Galatians 4:4.  What does the fullness of time mean?  It means that God sent Jesus into the world at the perfect (appointed) and prophetic time.  Why was it the perfect and prophetic time?  There are several reasons:

John the Baptist was sent to prepare the coming of Jesus as prophecy foretold:  as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight (Luke 3:4)

When asked who he was, John the Baptist replied, “I am

‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Make straight the way of the LORD,”’

as the prophet Isaiah said” (John 1:23)

Jesus had to be born in the city of Bethlehem, the city of David:

But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel’
 ” (Matthew 2:6)

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:1-7).

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