in the Bible. Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20.
Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (KJV)
Matthew 1:23 - Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (KJV)
The Birth of Jesus:
While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, as foretold to her by the angel. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he had every right to feel disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness carried a grave social stigma. Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, under Jewish law she could be put to death by stoning.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:14
Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20
· Matthew & Luke affirm the virgin conception and attributes the conception to the Holy Spirit (Is. 7:14 – The Virgin Birth Prophecy)
o The prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ fulfilled
· Only through the virgin conception could Jesus be both God and man; thus making atonement for sin
· A woman giving birth to a son is not a miracle; a virgin giving birth to a son is a miracle
· Mary didn’t question the word of God, she only questioned the method God would use to bring about His word (Luke 1:34)
· Jesus is the Greek name for Joshua meaning “Jehovah is Salvation.” Joshua was a common name among the Hebrews, for the parents hope their son would be the salvation of Israel
o His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us
· Matt 2:9-11 Jesus was a young child in a house not a baby in a stable by the time the wise men reach Him.
· The gifts from the Magi (Matthew 2:11)
o Gold symbolized His kingly role
o Frankincense symbolized His priestly role
o Myrrh symbolized His sacrificial death (myrrh was used for embalming)