1. Jesus Born In Bethlehem
THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat . . . .
. . .. And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon; and Solomon begat . . . .
. . .. And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon; and Jechonias begat . . . .
. . .. And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
Luke 2, 1-12; 16-21.
It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
So it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 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. Dec. B.C. 5
¶There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and said, Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
When eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Meditation 1 of 1:
How well do you know your spiritual heritage? Genealogies are very important. They give us our roots and help us to understand our heritage. Matthews genealogy of Jesus traces His lineage from Abraham, the father of Gods Chosen people, through the line of David, King of Israel. Jesus the messiah is the direct descendant of Abraham and David, and the rightful heir to Davids throne. God in His mercy fulfilled His promises to Abraham and to David that He would send a Saviour and a King to rule over the house of Israel and to deliver them from their enemies. When Jacob blessed his sons he foretold that Judah would receive the promise of royalty which we see fulfilled in David (Gen 49:10). We can also see in this blessing a foreshadowing of Gods fulfillment in raising up His anointed King, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is the fulfillment of all of Gods promises. He is the hope not only for the people of the old covenant, but for all nations as well. He is the savior of the world. In Him we receive adoption into a royal priesthood and holy nation as sons and daughters of the living God (see 1 Peter 1:9). Do you recognize your spiritual genealogy and do you accept God as your Father and Jesus as the sovereign King and Lord of your life?
“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Messiah and Savior of the world, the hope of Israel and the hope of the nations. Be the ruler of my heart and the king of my home. May there be nothing in my life that is not under your kingship.”