In our home between December 24 and 25th each year we celebrate the Nativity . According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word nativity simply means “the process or circumstances of being born”. When we capitalize the word we are speaking specifically of the birth of Jesus. While the Bible is silent about the exact date of the birth of Jesus, it is not silent about the Nativity itself. Take a look at my favorite KJV (King James Version) Bible verses about the Nativity.
Old Testament Prophecies of the Nativity
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Micah 5:2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
New Testament Fulfillment of the Nativity
Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luke 1:30-33 “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Luke 2:4-7 “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, 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. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And 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.”
Other References That Jesus was Born in the Flesh
John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
The birth of Christ is the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Faith in who Jesus was and is and what He did for mankind is essential to our eternal life . Celebrating the Nativity is a personal choice just as accepting the gift of salvation is a personal choice. I believe that when we are saved by grace through faith we naturally want to celebrate everything about Jesus. The record is clear, Jesus was born, why? John and Paul give the answers, take a look:
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
(1 John 5:11)
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
(Galatians 4:4-5 )
I believe that Jesus’ birth – the Nativity – is something worth celebrating whether or not the Bible tells us exactly what the date of the Nativity is. Can you agree?
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Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version