THE INCARNATION OF JESUS
For those who gain their knowledge about the birth of Christ from the
Bible; and not from 'Holiday Cards'; it is a great series of events.
The night time visit of the shepherds from Bethlehem's surroundings
was an epoch beginning of Christ being identified, Luke 2:8-18. Little
may have come of it, but they made it known, vs. 17.
After 8 days Jesus was circumcised in the manner of the Jews from olden
times, Luke 2:21; 1:31. He was named Jesus as both Mary and Joseph had
been so instructed, Matthew 1:21; 25. Jesus means "Saviour".
Mary and Joseph, with Jesus, appeared at the Temple to do as instructed
in Leviticus 12:6-8. It was for her purification, Luke 22-24.
Two marvellous people were encountered during this visit. Simeon and
Anna added their testimony as to the Son born to Mary, Luke 2:25-38.
From the Temple they were led to their own town, Luke 2:39-40. All
the events from His birth to arrival in Nazareth was surely less
than 3 months.
Some time later, the "wise men" came from "the East to Jerusalem",
Matthew 2:1, having seen His star, vs 2, and deciphering what it meant,
see Numbers 24:15-17.
Mind you, Baalam came to resist Israel as they were on nearly the last
leg of the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The wise men found
this passage about the "Star out of Jacob" in Numbers 24:17. Balaam must
have recorded his experience after his return home.They would decide
what to do, and make preparations for the long journey.
I anticipate that this would take at least 1 1/2 years before they
arrived in Jerusalem.
As they came to Jerusalem, the supposed place this One should be, they
inquired of the king, and the scribes, Matthew 2:1-8.
Being told of Bethlehem, they started that way, but were interrupted by
the "star", vs 9; which went before them to Nazareth for that is where
Jesus would be, read vss 9-12.
What a Record; What a Saviour! What Providence to spare Him until He
would offer Himself a ransom for many at the cross paying for our sins.
THINK JESUS, this season! DDH.
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