The Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:8-25, Luke 2:1-7)
The Story of the Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:8-25, Luke 2:1-7)
Eight months into Mary’s pregnancy, the Roman Emperor, Ceasar Augustus made a decree that there should be a census in the whole of the Roman Empire, whereby everyone is expected to go to their hometown for the counting.
Joseph and Mary left Nazareth in the north, and travelled in the company of other Jews, to Bethlehem of Judea, because Joseph belonged to the house and line of David.
On their arrival at Bethlehem, due to the mass movement of people, all the inns and rest houses had been booked and occupied.
Behold, Mary’s time was very near. Joseph took her to the manger where the animals were feeding so that she could have her child. Alas, Mary gave birth to a son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no bed.
Therefore, the birth of Jesus was a virgin birth because of the involvement of the Holy Spirit. This means, that God came down in the form of a human being to fulfil His purpose, this is called Incarnation.
JSCE CRS 2019 Past Questions