The Births of Jesus and John the Baptist

“The cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem are both in Judea, while Nazareth is in Galilee.  That Jesus is born in the province of Judea is surprising because his family’s home is in Nazareth, some 75 miles north.  But, due to a decree by Caesar Augustus requiring everyone to return to his own city, Jesus’ birth takes place in Bethlehem — the very city named by the prophet Micah over 700 years earlier!

An even more amazing fulfillment is involved — namely Jesus’ virgin birth.  Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would be born of a virgin.  Never before nor since has a woman conceived without the seed of man.  Not only is Mary a virgin in the sens of being a young woman, but more importantly, she is a virgin in the fact that she has not had sexual relations with either her fiancée, Joseph, or any other man.  The Gospel accounts state unequivocally that Jesus is miraculously conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit of God.

As the account of Jesus’ birth begins, there is another birth announced as well — that of God’s special messenger, John, who because of his ministry of repentance and baptism will later be known as John the Baptist.”

Read:  Luke 1:5-80, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-38

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.