Day 1 of 7

The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014


Matthew 1.18

The Birth of Jesus Christ

(Luke 2.1-7)

18 This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit

Introduction

Thank you for looking at the life of Jesus with us! We’re starting with his birth and even though we’re super familiar with the story, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Mary and Joseph. They’re engaged and they find out Mary is going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. If you shared the news with your family or friends, they would think you’re crazy, right?

There’s no doubt their world was about to change and Word Records Artist Chris August sings about that in the song “Jesus, Savior.”

Shortly after Jesus’ birth, it became clear this was no ordinary child and “our whole world’s about to change.” Let’s read about the visitors from the east and their quest for the Messiah.

Matthew 2.1-12

Visitors from the East

1Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem2and asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.”

3When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem.4He called together all the chief priests and the teachers of the Law and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”

5“In the town of Bethlehem in Judea,” they answered. “For this is what the prophet wrote:

6 ‘Bethlehem in the land of Judah,

you are by no means the least of the leading cities of Judah;

for from you will come a leader

who will guide my people Israel.’”

7So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.8Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions: “Go and make a careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9-10And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.11They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.

12Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.

Reflection

  • How did the men from the east find Jesus? What did they plan to do when they saw him?
  • What was King Herod’s response to Jesus’ birth? How did the visitors from the east respond to Jesus? If you were Mary and Joseph, what would you be thinking as you observe the visitors from the east?
  • Thank God for sending Jesus. Ask Jesus to continue to transform you as you focus on his life and your relationship with him.