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Jesus Born of a Virgin

Birth of Jesus

Prophecy

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a

virgin

shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name

Immanuel

." Isaiah 7:14
Fulfillment
"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

. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 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. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by

the prophet

, saying, 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.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS." Matthew 1:18-25
The

King of glory

stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of

heavenly

truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the

Messiah

had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God.

The

angels

had wondered at the glorious plan of

redemption

. They watched to see how the people of God would receive His Son, clothed in the garb of humanity. Angels came to the land of the chosen people. Other nations were dealing in fables and worshiping false gods. To the land where the glory of God had been revealed, and the light of prophecy had shone, the angels came. They came unseen to

Jerusalem

, to the appointed expositors of the

Sacred Oracles

, and the ministers of God's house.

Already to Zacharias the

priest

, as he ministered before the altar, the nearness of Christ's coming had been announced. Already the

forerunner

was born, his mission attested by

miracle

and prophecy. The tidings of his birth and the wonderful significance of his mission had been spread abroad. Yet Jerusalem was not preparing to welcome her Redeemer.

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