The Humble Birth of Christ: The Christmas Story in Chronological Order

The Birth of Christ

Matthew 1–2; Luke 1–2

One would expect the arrival of the Messiah to have been a major, national event for the Jewish people, right?

It was anything but. Of the four gospels, only Luke and Matthew say anything about the birth of Jesus. Both gospel writers describe angelic visits to Joseph and Mary—a kind of heavenly heads-up to a humble, unsuspecting couple. The angelic message was straightforward, yet astounding: Mary, a betrothed virgin, would give birth to the Messiah (Christ in Greek). He would be called Jesus—a variant of the name Joshua, which means “salvation”—because he would “save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). He would also be called Son of the Most High and Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). He would establish a kingdom that would never end (Luke 1:32–33).

On the night of Jesus’ birth in the town of Bethlehem, the city of David, only a small band of stunned shepherds came to see the newborn baby—and this was only because they’d just heard about the event from an enthusiastic multitude of angels. Some days (possibly weeks) later, magi or “wise men” from the east showed up at the house where Jesus was. They worshiped him, showered him with gifts, and left. Had it not been for these two groups, it’s doubtful that anyone but a handful of people would have been aware that the Messiah had just been born. In fact, it was only when the magi stopped first in Jerusalem asking questions about a “newborn king” that King Herod the Great became paranoid and concocted a murderous plot to eliminate all young boys in and around Bethlehem. Warned in a dream about Herod’s intentions, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt with Jesus. After Herod died, they settled in Nazareth of Galilee.

The gospels tell us very little about Jesus’ childhood. What we do know from some statements made in the gospels is that Jesus had siblings and that he probably learned the business of carpentry from Joseph (Mark 6:3). There is, however, one intriguing story about a Passover visit to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve years old. When his parents realized that they had started home without Jesus (after wrongly assuming he was traveling back home with other relatives), they backtracked and searched frantically for him. They located Jesus three days later at the temple in Jerusalem where he had astonished the teachers of the law with his spiritual insights. Luke explains that Jesus “grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him” (Luke 2:40).

This excerpt was from the Rose Chronological Guide to the Bible. See below to learn more!

Rose Chronological Guide to the Bible

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