“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”
(Matthew 1:18)

This is the time of year that we think about the birth of Christ in a special way. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the festivities of the event that we lose sight of the real meaning of what Christmas is all about. There are the Christmas trees with all their decorations, the giving of gifts, the parties, and the family get-together. But, through it all, there shines forth the star of hope to a world stumbling along in darkness. Jesus is still the beautiful Star of Bethlehem.


Jesus was born of a woman, just like you and I were. But, His birth was different in that it was not His beginning. He always had been, was, and will always be the Eternal One. The Bible tells us that Jesus birth was the Word of God becoming flesh (John 1:14).This is God becoming flesh to dwell among the human race in order that He might reveal Himself to mankind and become our sin sacrifice so we could be saved.


Jesus had no earthly father. Joseph was only his legal guardian, not his real father. His mother was the virgin, Mary. According to the Scriptures, this woman had never known a man sexually. The power of the most high God came upon her, and she conceived a child of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34, 35). Mary never knew a man sexually until after Jesus was born. It is necessary that we believe in the virgin birth. And it is important to note that Mary was a “virgin” when Jesus was born. It was a “virgin birth.” Many “virgins” have conceived the first time they had sex and had a child. But Mary is the only woman in history who was still a virgin when she gave birth. Isaiah said, “A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son…” (Isa. 7:14). It was a “new thing” in the earth (Jeremiah 31:22).


According to Matthew 1:21, the purpose of Jesus birth was that He become the Savior. Many were the accomplishments of Jesus while He was here on the earth. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, comforted the broken hearted, and even raised the dead.These are great things, but the greatest of all things that Jesus was born for was to be the Savior of lost mankind. Let’s celebrate the National Holiday that honors the birth of Jesus in the right manner. It is important to know “How” He came, but we must also know “Why” He came. He was “born” so that we could be “reborn” (John 3:3-5).
Wayne Dunaway

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