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Joseph was Mary's husband. When Jesus was a baby, king Herod
of Judea wanted to kill him, so an angel of the Lord told Joseph in a dream, to
take Jesus and Mary, leave Bethlehem of Judea where Jesus was born, and go to
Egypt until he was told to return. When Herod died and the holy family did
return, God warned Joseph that Herod's son was now the king in Judea, so they
went to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, where Joseph and Mary raised Jesus.
Joseph was a carpenter, and he taught Jesus to be a carpenter.
Matthew, Chapter 1
The beginning of
Matthew 1:1-17 tells the
genealogy of Jesus Christ if you would like to study it. Matthew's
account of Jesus lineage goes back to Abraham. Luke gives his account
going all the way back to Adam in
Luke 3:23-38. These men share with us the bloodline
of Jesus. Most people today don't know their great great grandfather's
name, so you can understand that the record we have in the Bible is
very precious. It's kinda like looking up Jesus' family tree.
Looking back through Jesus' bloodline, several
prophecies are fulfilled by His birth. He was of the seed of Abraham (Genesis
12:3), the seed of Isaac (Genesis
17:19), and the seed of Jacob
24:17). He was also from the
tribe of Judah (Genesis
49:10), and heir to the
throne of David (Isaiah
2 Samuel 7:12-16).
In biblical times, a family and its descendants were
referred to as a tribe, and sometimes a house. In the city of Nazareth
in Galilee there was a man named Joseph from the house of David and
the tribe of Judah who was engaged to a woman named Mary.
Mary was related to Elisabeth. This makes John the
Baptist and Jesus ... Cousins. They were born six months apart. So
when Elisabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy, with John the
Baptist ... The Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary and he said, Rejoice,
you who are very special. The Lord is with you. You are blessed among
When Mary saw him she was confused about what this
meant. Gabriel said, Don't be afraid Mary, you have found favor with
God and you shall conceive and bear a son and will name Him JESUS. He
will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord
God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over
the house of Jacob for ever and His Kingdom will have no end.
Mary said to the Angel, How can this be, seeing I
have never been with a man? And the Angel said to her, The Holy Ghost
will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you.
That holy thing which will be born of you will be called the
SON OF GOD. Elisabeth has also conceived a son in her old age and
this is the sixth month with her, who was barren. For with God nothing
shall be impossible. And Mary said, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let
it happen to me as you have said. And with that, the Angel left.
Now when Joseph was told by Mary the story of the
Angel visit and that she was pregnant with God's child, as you can
imagine, it was a bit much to swallow for him. However, being a
righteous man, he didn't want to cause a scandal, so he thought it was
wise to keep Mary hidden away secretly. But while he thought about it,
the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, Joseph, son
of David, don't be afraid to take Mary for your wife. She has
conceived a son of the Holy Ghost. She'll give birth to a son and you
will name Him JESUS (Savior), because He'll save His people from their
sins. All this was done, so that it would be fulfilled, which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet (Isaiah
saying, 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. Joseph woke up and did what the Angel told him and
took Mary to be his wife.
Mary went to visit Elisabeth after Gabriel's visit.
When Elisabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby inside her leaped
in her womb and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Happily she
said, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your
womb. How did it come about that the mother of my Lord should come and
visit me? As soon as the voice of your greeting touched my ears, the
baby inside me leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed are you for
believing, because the things that the Lord told you will come true.
Mary said to Elisabeth, My soul praises the Lord and
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. He has considered my modest life.
From this time forward, all generations will call me blessed. He that
is mighty has done great things to me and holy is His name. His mercy
is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown
strength with His arm, He has confused the proud in the imagination of
their hearts. He taken the mighty down from their thrones and lifted
up those who are lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and
the rich, He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel in
remembrance of His mercy as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and
to his seed for ever.
Mary stayed with Elisabeth for about three months
and then returned to her own house. When it was time for Elisabeth to
deliver, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and her cousins heard
how the Lord had mercy on her by allowing her to give birth at such a
late age and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day, when they were
fulfilling the Jewish customs for a newborn son, the men there named
the child Zacharias after his Dad. But, because Zacharias still could
not speak, Elisabeth said, No, he'll be called John. And they said to
her, But there isn't anyone in your family with the name of John. They
made signs to Zacaharias asking what he wanted to name the child.
Zacharias asked for a writing table and wrote, His name is John.
Immediately Zacharias could speak again and he praised God.
Tell me that isn't just AWESOME ...
The neighbors were all afraid then and people
gossiped about it throughout all the hill country of Judea. Everyone
who heard rumors about it wondered what kind of child this would turn
out to be. And the hand of the Lord was with the child.
Zacharias prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord
God of Israel. He has visited and saved His people. He has sent a
messenger of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as He
spoke in the Words of His holy prophets which have been since the
world began, that we will be saved from our enemies and from the hand
of all that hate us. To keep the promise that He made to our father
Abraham, that He would pass on to us, that we, being delivered out of
the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear, in holiness and
righteousness all the days of our life.
And you child, will be called the prophet of the
Highest because you will tell about Him and prepare people for His
coming. You will tell the people about salvation by the forgiveness of
their sins by the tender mercy of our God, by which the new dawn from
Heaven has visited us to give light to those who sit in darkness and
in the shadow of death, to guide us to the way of peace.
The child grew, and became strong in spirit and
lived in the deserts until the day he showed up in Israel. Can you
imagine how hard it was for those who were chosen to BELIEVE? It's
still hard today. We must just continue in faith.
Matthew, Chapter 2
Luke, Chapter 2
Now, let's see ... John the Baptist has been born and Jesus has been spiritually conceived. They are distant cousins
in part and one was spiritually chosen by GOD to prepare the way for
The other is the Son of
God placed into the bloodline of King David as Prophecy had predicted.
At that time, there was a law from Caesar Augustus,
who was the first Roman emperor, that the whole world must go to the
city that each was born in and register so they could be taxed. What they
were doing was trying to get a grip on the Israelites because the
Romans were ruling them at the time.
Joseph had to go back to
Bethlehem to register, because that was his birthplace and Mary was
close to her time to deliver the baby.
Little did the Romans know, that
they were fulfilling scripture by having Joseph return to his
birthplace of Bethlehem ...
And thou Bethlehem, in the
land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of
thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
This is a sign that ... JESUS IS LORD !!!
WHERE WAS JESUS BORN?
Now, after a long journey ... Joseph and Mary finally arrived,
but there was no room at the inn
because so many others had also come from other towns to register, so
they had to stay elsewhere.
Now, this brings up the question as
to exactly where Jesus was born.
The stories we see on television
and books as a child, portrays He was born in a stable because He was
born in a "manger" ...
But, the Bible does NOT actually
state what type of structure He was BORN in, so many people debate
Some say it was a barn or stable.
Others say, back then they used
caves as stables, so it was a cave.
Still others say it was a house and
they explain it by saying that the mangers, being feeding troughs
for animals, were kept inside during winter to protect livestock
Luke does say the Wise men visited
Him in a house (which we will see in a bit) but that may have been
AFTER the birth of Jesus and they found lodging.
In TRUTH ... It matters not if our Lord was born
in a barn, cave or house ...
The point is ...
JESUS, OUR SAVIOR ...WAS
We now have grace cuz of God's love for us and choice to bring Jesus
into the world. Never allow such issues to take
away from that TRUTH. Let us continue, shall we?
Mary gave birth to the baby Jesus. She wrapped Him
up in long bands of cloth called swaddling clothes and laid Him in a
There were shepherds staying in the field nearby
keeping a night watch on their sheep and the Angel of the Lord
appeared to them. The glory of the Lord shone all around them and it
scared them. The Angel said to them, Don't be afraid, I'm bringing you
good news of great joy for all people. For you today, in the city of
David, a Savior is born, which is Christ the Lord. And this will prove
it to you. You will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying
in a manger. Suddenly, with the Angel, there appeared countless Angels
praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, good will toward men.
When the Angels left and went back into Heaven, the
shepherds said to one another, Let's go to Bethlehem and see what the
Lord told us about. They hurried to find Mary, Joseph, and the baby
lying in the manger. Then they spread the news to other nations all
about the child that the Angel told them about.
Anyone who heard it
wondered, but Mary believed all that Gabriel had told her, deep in her
This is a sign that ... JESUS IS LORD !!!
On the eighth day after the baby Jesus was born,
according to the law of Moses, the holy family followed the customs of
the Jews by having Jesus circumcised. They named the baby Jesus as the
Angel told both Mary and Joseph before the baby was conceived.
They took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the
Lord and to offer a sacrifice for Him (as the law of the Lord says (Exodus
13:2), Every male that opens the
womb is holy to the Lord) of a pair of turtledoves or two young
There was a wise old man in Jerusalem, whose name
was Simeon. He was a pious man, waiting for the promised Messiah of Israel and
the Holy Ghost was with him. The Holy Ghost revealed to him that he
wouldn't die until he had seen the Lord. The Spirit led him into the
temple and when Mary and Joseph brought in the child Jesus, Simeon
took Him in his arms and blessed God, saying, Lord, now let your
servant die in peace according to your Word: For my eyes have seen
your salvation which you have prepared before the face of all people;
a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.
Joseph and Mary were amazed at the things that
Simeon said, and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, This child is
set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign
that will be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy
own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
There was also a prophetess named Anna from the
tribe of Asher, who was very old and had been a widow for 84 years.
She didn't leave the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers
night and day. And she came in at that very moment and gave thanks to
the Lord and prayed for all who wanted salvation in Israel.
These are more signs that ... JESUS IS LORD !!!
A NEW STAR
Now, there was a great new star in the
Heavens and all saw it.
Wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and
said, Where is the baby that has been born King of the Jews?
His star in the east and we've come to worship Him.
As you may well imagine, Herod, the king at the
time, was very jealous when he heard the news that a NEW king was just
born. He gathered all of his top men together and insisted to know
where this Christ child was supposedly born because there was prophecy
in scripture that foretold of all of the events taking place. They
answered, in Bethlehem of Judea, for it is written by the prophet (Micah
5:2), And thou Bethlehem, in the
land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of
thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
So, secretly ... Herod asked the wise men what time the
star appeared and then he sent them to Bethlehem saying, Go look for the
child and when you find Him, come back and tell me so I can come and
worship Him too. He was actually deceiving them and had sinister
thoughts and plans in mind.
The wise men left and the star that they saw in the
east led them until it stopped over where Jesus was and they fell down and worshipped Him. They gave Him
presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Then God warned these wise
men in a dream that they shouldn't go back to Herod, so they went back
to their home country by a different route.
Now, here is a lil fact for ya ... In almost every book and movie you read or
watch there are three wise men. However, the Bible does NOT say there were
three wise men. The reason people say that there were three wise men is because they gave
the baby Jesus
three different types of gifts, being gold, frankincense and myrrh. There very well may have been three wise men or maybe
But, again ... It matters lil how
many wise men were LED BY GOD by a star to see Jesus ...
Just that God led em by a NEW STAR
and that was yet ANOTHER SIGN that ...
JESUS IS LORD !!!
The Angel of the Lord appeared again to Joseph in a
dream and said, Get up and take the young child and His mother and
flee into Egypt. Stay there until I let you know. Herod will look for
the young child to kill Him. Joseph woke up and took the baby Jesus
and Mary in the middle of the night and left for Egypt. They were
there until Herod died and what the prophet Hosea said was fulfilled (Hosea
11:1), Out of Egypt have I called
Meanwhile ... During the time that
the holy family was in Egypt, before Herod's death, Herod realized that he was tricked by
the wise men who never returned. He was burning mad and had all the
male children from two years old and under killed in Bethlehem and the
surrounding area hoping to kill this NEW king. This fulfilled what the
prophet Jeremiah had written
31:15, In Ramah there was a
voice that was heard. Sadness and crying and mourning. Rachel weeping
for her children, and she would not be consoled because they are dead.
Ramah was in the area of Israel that God gave to the tribe of
Benjamin, and Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
Years later, When Herod died, an Angel of the Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph, who was living in Egypt with his family
as he was warned, and said, Take the young child and His mother and go
into the land of Israel. Those who tried to take the child's life are
dead. So Joseph took Jesus and Mary back to Israel, but when he heard
that Herod's son Archelaus inherited the kingdom in Judea, he was
afraid to go there, however, being warned by God in a dream, he went
into Galilee. They settled in a city called Nazareth (That is why you
have heard the saying ... Jesus of Nazareth) and the prophecy
was fulfilled that was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a
11:1). And Jesus grew and became
strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was with
Nothing is shared with us for the next few years of
Jesus growing up. It begins again by saying that Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem every year at the
feast of the Passover.
When Jesus was twelve years old
and they went to Jerusalem, when they were returning home, Jesus
stayed behind in Jerusalem without Mary and Joseph knowing. Thinking
that Jesus was with the group that they were traveling with, they
traveled back a day's journey before they noticed Him missing and they
looked for Him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn't
find Him, they went back to Jerusalem to find Him.
After three days they found Him in the temple,
sitting in the middle of the doctors and teachers. He was listening to
them and asking them questions and preaching to them. Everyone who
heard Him was astonished at His understanding and His answers (Isaiah
When Mary and Joseph saw Him they were amazed and
Mary asked Him, Son, why have you done this to us? Joseph and I have been worried sick. And Jesus said to them, Why were you
looking for me? Didn't you know that I must be about my Father's
They didn't understand what He meant. He went back
with them to Nazareth and stayed with them, but Mary knew in her heart
that He was right. And Jesus grew older and in favor with God and man.
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