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24 December 2008

The Nativity

Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, 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 the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. And he knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare the way before thee. A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John was in the desert baptizing, and preaching the baptism of penance, unto remission of sins....And he preached, saying: There cometh after me one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I have baptized you with water; but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. And it came to pass, in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And forthwith coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit as a dove descending, and remaining on him. And there came a voice from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled...And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.

And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:

For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light. That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did they go to Bethlehem?

December 26, 2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Well, according to Luke, Rome decided to do a census, and to get a proper count ordered all citizens to go to their home city, which for Joseph was Bethlehem. Bethlehem, being the city of David, purportedly would show Jesus's birth as fulfilling the prophecy that the Messiah would hail from the house of David.

December 26, 2008 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation...but I thought Joseph wasn't the father of Jesus, so how does he come from the 'house of David'? (I'm guessing this means a decendant from David??)

December 27, 2008 5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need for a reply, I tracked down the answers online, resulting in two possible outcomes;
1. If Jesus was not Joseph's son, he wasn't decended from David, so he couldn't be the Messiah.
2. If Jesus was Joseph's son, he was decended from David, but the bible is wrong, and therefore can't be trusted as the truth.

So I guess the options are to deny the messianic status of Jesus, or deny that the bible is true. Pretty straight forward.

December 28, 2008 10:38 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yeah, the whole virgin-birth thing is very messy, as are all the attempts to prove messianic provenance. To be fair, they really didn't understand Y-chromosomes - or any genetics back then, but it's hard to believe they didn't get the general idea of physical paternity.

December 29, 2008 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a matter of whether someone believes it now, not to accept it because it was authored at a time of relative ignorance.

It just can't be accepted as true.

January 05, 2009 5:27 AM  

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