The Birth of Jesus

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Based on his extensive research, and guided by God’s Spirit, Luke continues unfolding the identity of Jesus, by describing how God orchestrated the birth of Jesus. We’ll explore how the arrival of Jesus was both miraculous and mundane. God worked miraculously by fulfilling Old Testament prophecies that Messiah would be born of a virgin in Bethlehem, and situated Jesus’ parents in Bethlehem at exactly the time for the birth, through a census called by the Roman Emperor. These miraculous events help reveal the unique identity of Jesus. But the birth of Jesus was also mundane. He was born into a lower class family, to stressed out parents, in an insignificant little town, during violent oppression, and his birth was first announced to peasant shepherds. This real-life humble scenario reminds us of God’s activity in everyday life and sends a message that Jesus came for everyone!