Questions About Christ’s Birth

Questions About Christ’s Birth

Luke 1:26-2:26, Matthew 1:18-2:18

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,”
– Galatians 4:4 (NIV)

The time was right … the stage was set … everything was ready … Then Jesus was born. It was God’s plan … God’s timetable … God’s design. God was in charge. Nothing happened by accident or chance. God had a purpose in all that He did.

QUESTION #1 – Why Gabriel?

In the sixth month, God sent Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee…
– Luke 1:26 (NIV)

  a.  Michael, the Arch-Angel was God’s messenger to the Jews.

At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise…  Daniel 12:1

 

b.  Jesus was born for the whole world … not just the Jews.
c.  Gabriel announced the 2nd coming of Jesus (Daniel 8).
d.  Gabriel told the time Jesus would be born

“Know and understand this: From the issuing of the degree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven sevens, and sixty two sevens”.
– Daniel 9:25 (NIV)

QUESTION #2 – Why Mary?

…to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you”.
– Luke 1:27-28 (NIV)

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
– Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

  a.  Mary was willing to be used by God any way He wanted.

“I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you answered”.
– Luke 1:38 (NIV)

  b.  Mary believed God – His promises, power.

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the lord has said to her will be accomplished”.
– Luke 1:45 (NIV)

  c.  Mary gave praise to God

“…my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”.
– Luke 1:47 (NIV)

QUESTION #3 – Why Joseph?

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
– Matthew 1:18 (NIV)

  a.  Joseph was an honorable man, respecting Mary.

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 
– Matthew 1:18 (NIV)

  b.  Joseph was a just man

Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 
– Matthew 1:19 (NIV)

  c.  Joseph was a thoughtful man

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
–  Matthew 1:20 (NIV)

Why Joseph? God could TRUST him to raise His Son, Jesus.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
–  Luke 2:52 (NIV)

QUESTION #4 – Why Bethlehem?

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child
– Luke 2:1-5 (NIV)

  a.  There were 2 Bethlehems so Micah 5:2 distinguishes which one – But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.
b.  According to Luke 2:4 – King David’s records were kept there.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
– Luke 2:4 (NIV)

  c.  “Bethlehem” means ‘house of bread’ … Jesus is the ‘Bread of Life’.

QUESTION #5 – Why Swaddling Clothes?

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths (swaddling clothes – KJV) and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
– Luke 2:7 (NIV)

a.     This seems like an insignificant detail.
b.     “swaddling clothes” – also used to wrap the dead

“So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock…”
– Mark 15:46 (NIV)

  c.  Jesus was born to die to pay the penalty for your sins.

“Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world” 
– Revelation 13:8 (NIV)

  d.  God “wrapped” the 1st Christmas present … His love-gift.

QUESTION #6 – Why the Shepherds?

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
– Luke 2:8-12 (NIV)

  a.  They were awake

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
–  Luke 2:8 (NIV)

  b.  The “spiritually asleep” will miss out, not only on His blessing now, but won’t be ready when Jesus returns.
c.  The Shepherds were ready!

QUESTION #7 – Why the Wise Men?

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.
– Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)

  a.  They were Gentiles – God wouldn’t leave us out!
b.  They were scholars – Wise men still seek Him!

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” 
– Psalm 14:1 (NIV)

c.  They brought gifts

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, and incense and of myrrh. The greatest gift they gave was themselves.
– Matthew 2:11 (NIV)

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him.
– Matthew 2:11a (NIV)

One more question – Why refuse God’s free gift?