Luke 1:1-5; 2:1-20; Mat 1:1,17, 21-23; 2:1-6; Isa 7:14; Mic 5:2.
SPEC-86-221218 - length: 50:43 - taught on Dec, 18 2022
The birth of Jesus Christ is a matter of history, and mystery.
Luke was a historian, after all, but he was also a marvelous storyteller.
His birth narrative, and the fulfillment of prophecy.
Luke’s genealogy of Christ appears in Luk 3: 23-38.
He works backwards from Jesus all the way back to Adam. He includes 64 names.
Matthew was every bit as meticulous as Luke.
Matthew traces the family tree of Jesus back to Abraham - 42 generations.
Second, the gospel accounts of the birth provide specific historic information.
This material is confirmed by the writings of secular historians.
Luke tells us who was the king of Judea at the time: Herod the Great.
We know who the emperor of Rome was at that time: Caesar Augustus.
We know that Jesus was born when Augustus decreed that a census be taken.
The third category is the fulfillment of prophecy.
The prophet Isaiah lived about 700 years before the birth of Christ.
Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
Jesus was born sometime between late 5 BC and early 4 BC - probably in December of 5 BC or January of 4 BC.
But the birth is Jesus isn’t simply a matter of history. It is also a great mystery.