Congratulations on surviving another Holiday Season. Two Brothers In Christ Media and BeTheOne.Co would like to wish you a Happy New Year! Our prayer is that it will be a safe and blessed one. Want to start it strong? Please take a moment from your busy routine and enjoy this reflection on the past, new beginnings, second chances, spiritual refreshing from Jesus and God’s promises for us and our future. This study can be done individually or as a group. Here are some of the keywords we will focus on:
If you have an electronic Bible or Bible app, search these words to find verses related to them. You can look for keywords throughout the text. Feel free to search for those as well. This study can be done at your own pace. You may choose to focus on it a few times a week or in small parts daily. Take as much or as little time as you need. You may also find some parts speak to you more than others and wish to spend more time on them.
Happy Holidays. As the season gets underway it’s easy to get bogged down and take our eyes off what Christ did for us; the real reason we celebrate this time of year: Thanksgiving to God for HIs Son and a multitude of blessings and joy He bestows. His virgin birth is not only unique but it is a miracle. Jesus didn’t have to come but He did it joyfully and willingly. He is the greatest gift mankind could have ever received.
It seems as though God can’t help Himself. He only knows how to give. Let’s look at few points and really dive into God’s Word. :By no means is this an exhaustive study of this subject but we’ll examine a few points about the Christmas story that will bless you and help you appreciate the unique glory of Christ and the amazing story of His birth.
We’re going to ask questions about the passages we read. The book, chapter and verse are all listed here. There is obviously not enough space to write the verses out. Take as much or as little time to go through this. There will be no tests or quizzes to take and no expectations other than what you hope to take away from God’s Word.
A PROPHECY OF THE COMING MESSIAH. We must always begin at the beginning. You will see in other discussions on our site that Jesus isn’t a new concept that sprang up in the New Testament or was invented by modern Christians. There are writings of Him outside the Bible as well as writings of His followers by others. His life changed the world almost overnight. Let’s lay some groundwork by reading a few of the many Old Testament passages predicting the coming of the Messiah. Ponder the comments and questions after each verse to get more out of it
Read: Micah 5 and Psalm 2, We see a war. This is the world that sets itself against Israel, the Messiah and against God Himself. They can’t stand all of God’s rules and laws. They feel He’s overbearing. We also see The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem and will be called God’s son. The world will hate Him and strike Him and try to rid themselves of HIm and His teachings. They will fail. The Messiah will be a refuge and will set Himself up a Kingdom that will never end. He will tear down evil and all its works by judging the world in His just and righteous wrath. Evil, wrongdoing and disobedience will come to an end.
Read: Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, The virgin birth. The baby will be a Son. He will be “born” and also “given” which speaks of His birth (first time on earth) and His return (second coming). In later studies we’ll look into verses that predict other aspects of Jesus life (and there are many) such as crucifixion.
See also Genesis 3:15 predicting the seed (Jesus) of the woman (Israel or also Mary) will crush Satan or the serpent. Numbers 24:17 is also speaking of a coming ruler that would rule the world but was a long way off from the time the prophecy was written.
AWAY IN A MANGER.
The story of the virgin birth is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. They are 2 different stories focusing on different aspects of Christ’s birth. John takes a different route in talking about the birth but let’s look at the earthly aspect of it first. Read Matthew Chapters 1-2. In chapter 1 Matthew records the genealogy of Jesus’ earthly father Joseph. We know the Messiah would come from Judah (Genesis 49:9 the prophecy was spoken over Jacob’s son Judah and Revelation 5:5 reiterates this) and would spring from King David’s lineage (Jeremiah 23:1-6),
Read Luke Chapters 1-2. Luke 2:7 gives us the theme for our study, The “inn” was the greek word “Kataluma” which means a guest room or upstairs room. Certainly a different story and focus of Jesus birth. What a joy it must have been to Mary and Joseph to share in all this. God does HIs work and will through people. Not only to involve us and be a part of our lives but because we can relate to each other and be witnesses to what God does in our lives. Jesus never belonged to this earth. He was only here for a short time to do the will of God and came to to be about His Father’s business. (Luke 2:49; Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58). We are also called strangers and pilgrims here on earth (1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13; and we’re warned to use the things of this life and this world but not to abuse them or put too much stock in them 1 Corinthians 7:31. Our home is in heaven and we should store up treasure there and also we should live with it in the forefront of our lives. Luke 12:21; 12:32-34; .Philippians 3:18-21
Read John chapters 1-3. John not only talks about Jesus’ birth but how the universe and even mankind was created through Jesus. If you read the account of how the universe was created in Genesis 1:26 it says “Let us make man in our image”. We see the Trinity at work right away from the beginning as there was clearly more than just only God there by Himself. The Spirit and the Son was there also. John shifts HIs focus from Jesus birth in its earthly form not only to How He is the eternal word of God but ALSO about our birth or being born again. This reiterates that Jesus focus is always us. (John 3:16) He came to serve and give His life as a ransom for us (John 15:13; 1 John 3:16; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; 1 Timothy 2:6).
JUMPING AROUND A BIT.
We’re going to jump around a bit now. God forms every one of us. He knows us from the womb. Notice God forms us with His hands. He has a vested interest in our lives. (Isaiah 43:21; 44:2, 21 [He won’t forget us]; Isaiah 44:24; 49:5; Jeremiah 1:5; as such who are we to speak against and question the One who made us? Romans 9:20. Then in Galatians 4:19 we see that Jesus is also trying to be birthed in us. We are always Learning and growing in Christ 2 Peter 3:18.
BACK TO THE MANGER.
Jesus is humble. He doesn’t require a hotel suite or a grand entrance. He didn’t come to be catered to but to serve others. He was humble Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 8:9; John 12:3-7; Matthew 11:29; John 12:12-16: John 5:19; Mark 6:34; Hebrews 4:15; Mark 12:38-40; Bethlehem would have been a tiny town that more than likely would not have even shown up on a map. He was born into our everyday lives. Isaiah 53:2 says the Messiah would not be beautiful or attractive to look at but Isaiah 61:3 states he would trade in the wreckage and ashes of our lives and would give us beauty in their place. 1 Timothy 1:15 states He came to save sinners.
A LOOK AT OTHERS.
Let’s look at some other people in the Bible who had no room in their lives for Jesus or the things of God. Luke 12:15-21 talks of a man who had a conversation with himself and the 2 of them agreed on what to do. He should have had a conversation with God. Luke 16:19-31 talks of a ruler with no room for God either. Even when Jesus was asked directly what to do to gain eternal life the rich young ruler went away sad because he wasn’t willing to do what it takes. See in Nothing can be put in place of God. Read Matthew 19:16-26 and Mark 10:17-31; Isaiah 55:2 says we waste a lot of time on things that aren’t that important. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God Matthew 6:33.
BORN IN A MANGER.
Jesus was born in a manger or stable because that’s where Lambs are to be born. Jesus was the Lamb of God. He was also our Shepherd, Jesus is the Lamb. Abraham said God will provide the Lamb in Genesis 22:8. In Exodus 12 we see the instructions for Jesus who is to be our passover Lamb. Proverbs 27:26; Isaiah 40:11; 53:7; Mark 14:12; We are lambs also Luke 10:3; Luke 22:7 Jesus was also crucified during the passover because that’s when the lamb was supposed to be sacrificed. John 1:29-36; 21:15-18 Jesus calls us His lambs again. Acts 8:32; 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:6; 5:8; 5:12-13; 6:1,3,7,16; 7:9-10, 14; 12:11; 13:8, 11; 14:1,4,10; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7,9; 21:9,14, 22-23, 27; 22:1; 22:3.
AND HE WAS A SHEPHERD.
Jesus was also our Shepherd. Here are the verses talking about Jesus being our Shepherd: Psalm 23; Micah 5:4, 7:14; Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34; 14:27; John 10:11; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:4; Revelation 7:17 calls Him the Lamb and a Shepherd.
NO TOMB ROOM.
There was no room in the tomb for Him either. He rose from the dead: Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 8:31; John 12:23-25; Matthew 27:33-37; Mark 15:29-32; Luke 23:26-31; John 19:5-6; Luke 23:44-47; John 19:29-30; Mark 15:46-47; Matthew 27:65-66; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 24:6-7; John 20:16-18; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:24; 3:15; 4:33; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.
We will conclude the study by focusing on Jesus knocking on the door of our hearts wondering if there is room in our heart for Him. Revelation 3:19-20. Would you open up. If you have not done so would you let Jesus come in? Say “Yes” to Jesus and “No” to Sin Titus 2:11-14.