Christmas Verses – Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife, and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25.

In these verses an angel (Gabriel? we don’t know) appears to Joseph to stop him from divorcing Mary. In doing so, he tells Joseph about the son Mary will bear, and that He would save His people from their sins. Matthew then tells us readers that this fulfills the words of Isaiah 7:14. Jesus is “God with us.” Joseph demonstrates his faith in the Lord in that he gets up and does what the angel commands, taking Mary as his wife.

Jesus is a Savior who delivers His people from their sin. Jesus is Immanuel: God (in the person of the eternal Son) with us.

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Christmas Verses – Luke 1:29-38

But she [Mary] was greatly troubled at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:29-38.

Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her that she would be the mother of the Messiah. He is to be called Jesus. He will be great, the Son of the Most High, and the ruler of the Davidic kingdom. Gabriel gives Mary a sign: Elizabeth, who was formerly barren, is now pregnant and will have a son.

Gabriel concludes by saying “nothing will be impossible with God.” Do you believe this today? Is there something in your life that seems impossible? God can overcome what we consider impossible! He is in the business of doing just that.

Christmas Verses – Luke 1:26-28

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-28.

Gabriel, who would be known from his appearances in Daniel 8 and 9, appears now to Mary to announce Jesus’ birth. Jesus will be a descendent of David, and born to a virgin. God was about to do amazing things, and this announcement was just the beginning.

Christmas Verses – Galatians 4:4-5

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“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5.

These verses show that God’s timing in sending Jesus to this earth was not sporadic, but instead at just the right time. He was born under the Law, that is, subject to it, so that He would be able to save all those who were under the Law. God’s Son came to this earth to redeem us in order that God the Father might adopt us as His children.

Christmas Verses – John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.

This wonderful verse speaks of the eternal Son of God taking on human flesh and being born as a human baby. Think about those truths! God Himself, the Creator of all things, became part of His creation. The One who spoke all things into being was now dependent on a human mother and father. Through His time on earth, and now through His word which speaks to us about His life, we behold the glory of this eternal Son.

In Jesus birth we have an event that has never before occurred nor never shall again. God became man. The supernatural has invaded the natural. Incredible, unbelievable! Why would He do this? John 3:16 tells us:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Christmas Verses – John 1:1-5

Jesus took on humanity in the incarnation, but the person of the eternal Son of God has always existed with the Father. Nowhere in Scripture is this more clearly communicated than in John’s Gospel:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5.

Here we learn that Jesus (the Word made flesh, v. 14) was in the beginning with God, and was God. This shows the unity and diversity within the Triune God: God is one in essence, and yet three persons. Jesus possesses all the totality of the divine nature (Colossians 2:9), and yet is distinct from God the Father.

Jesus was also actively involved in creation (“all things came into being by Him”). He is pictured here as true life and light, bringing life and light to all, and shining light into a dark world. Jesus’ entrance into the world in His birth was the coming of God among men in a human person, bringing life and light, now available to all. The words of the familiar Christmas hymn “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” show the divine and human natures of Christ united in one person. Ponder the words of the second verse especially:

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th’ incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

Christmas Verses – Micah 5:2

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2.

This verse gives the birthplace of the Messiah. He will be, like David, from Bethlehem, a small Judean village often considered insignificant and unimportant. This shows again that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,” (1 Cor. 1:27).

The Messiah, from Micah 5:2, will go forth from God, will be ruler in Israel, and has an ancient heritage, even stretching back into eternity. Jesus is both God and man perfectly united in one person. As man, He was born in a manger to a human mother in a temporal moment and spatial location. As God, He had always existed with the Father in eternity. This verse speaks of His humanity while hinting at His deity.