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The reason for the season

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The birth of Jesus was one of the most important events in the history of the world and was foretold of in the Bible hundreds of years before as we explain below.

The gospel of Luke explains that: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. 

birth jesus dedicationSo Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Jesus´ parents, Joseph and Mary, would have had to obey the Roman decree and travel to their historical tribal town in order to be counted in the census.  Mary, being very pregnant with Jesus, would have had to suffer great discomfort making the 3- or 4-day journey south from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

It was an early Jewish custom for people to look for accommodation by going to the central area of the town and waiting to be invited into someone´s home.  There were no hotels and lodges like there are today.  However, when the family arrived in Bethlehem it was clear that the town was already fully booked, due to the Roman census, and so a kind innkeeper and his family offered them shelter in an animal stable.

The bible makes it very clear that Jesus was born into a suffering world in order to die the most horrific death.  His death, given freely by him, was in order to satisfy the wrath of God, his father, and pave the way for us to be forgiven.  Instead of us being punished for our failings and sinful life, the sentence was laid down on Jesus so that we could go free.  But only those who accept that forgiveness and give their lives to love and serve God can enter into the relationship with God and know life eternal.

Jesus is the reason for the season, the motive behind our gifts and person whose birthday we remember and for that reason it is called Christ-mas.

 

The Promise of Jesus – the Messiah

Judah will hold the royal scepter,
And his descendants will always rule.
Nations will bring him tribute
And bow in obedience before him. (Genesis 49:10)

The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)

The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David’s descendants. (Isaiah 11:1)

The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will choose as king a righteous descendant of David. That king will rule wisely and do what is right and just throughout the land. (Jeremiah 23:5)

You will always have descendants, and I will make your kingdom last forever. Your dynasty will never end. (2 Samuel 7:16)

But the LORD will still give you proof. A virgin is pregnant; she will have a son and will name him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

A child is born to us!
A son is given to us!
And he will be our ruler.
He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”
“Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,”
“Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“What I saw in my vision
hasn’t happened yet.
But some day, a king of Israel
will appear like a star. (Numbers 24:17)

The Lord says,
“A sound is heard in Ramah,
the sound of bitter weeping.
Rachel is crying for her children;
they are gone,
and she refuses to be comforted. (Jeremiah 31:15)

The Lord says,
“When Israel was a child, I loved him
and called him out of Egypt as my son. (Hosea 11:1)

Duncan Dyason

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