Our Preacher at Lighthouse Baptist Church recently taught on the Biblical Truth of Jesus’ Birth in Chronological Order from the uncorrupted King James Version. As a Bible teaching and preaching church, we receive this teaching of God’s truths every year, and it never grows old to me. I believe the whole world should at least hear, or read, the truth.When I first learned these truths, I was in shock. Afterall, this is not the story the world tells of Jesus’ birth. This is not what I grew up hearing. But, when I checked God’s Word I found it was not true that the Wise Men should be included in the nativity scene, along with other twists and turns that are not true. The Wise Men were not at Jesus’ birth; they came two years after Jesus was born. Read on and see the truth.
I. Luke 1:26-38
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (this is speaking of the sixth month of Elizabeth’s (Mary’s cousin) pregnancy with John the Baptist.)
27 To a virgin (unfortunately, some of the newer, corrupted Bible versions change the word virgin to maiden or young woman. If Mary was not a virgin, Jesus was not the Messiah-just what satan would have the world believe!) espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (Because she was a virgin.)
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (What an obedient woman of God. She could very well have said “No, I do not want to do that.” But, thank God, she did not. I have to wonder if such a Godly woman could be found in this world today, but alas, God’s timing is always perfect!)
II. Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. (Can you imagine what people were saying when Mary returned from Elizabeth’s and was obviously pregnant. Maybe Joseph went to see her some time during those three months, but it is highly unlikely, so he must have been very surprised when she returned with this shocking news. And many rumors flew for sure. I am again aware of what a close relationship Mary must have had with the LORD God.)
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 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.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
III. Luke 2:1-20
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) (It is important to note that they left Nazareth and went to Jerusalem.)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (There is no mention of a cave or a stable. Mangers were spread about in the fields. There is also no mention of a star or the Wise Men yet. An angel told the shepherds about the Saviour’s birth.)
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. (The shepherds were in the field tending the flocks.)
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
IV. Matthew 2:1-18
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 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.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. (Because no one there ever saw the star. It led the Wise Men on their two-year journey from the east. No one in Bethlehem knew anything about ‘the star’.)
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. (Perhaps the star was actually one of God’s angels!)
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, (Note: “the house” not stable or manger. Joseph and Mary and Jesus had returned back home to Nazareth where their house was and where they were from.) they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. (There you have it. Why would Herof slay baby boys of two years and younger? Because by the time the Wise Men actually made it there, Jesus was about two years old.)
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
These days it is extremely difficult to find a nativity scene that is Biblically correct, and I have collected nativity scenes for many years. What usually happens when family members and friends learn that you collect something? It becomes a cherished gift to give at Christmas time. The tradition in our home is to take the wise men from the nativity sets and place them in the eastern most corner of our home because they are still traveling on their long journey to see the ‘young child’ Jesus.
I would like to wish all of my devoted readers a very blessed Christmas Season and remind us all to truly remember that it is Jesus that is the reason for this celebration.