Luke 1: 39 - 80, 2: 1-38
Matthew 1: 18 -24
Elizabeth's greeting to Mary When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry; You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed!
She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!
Mary praises God Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me.
The birth of John the Baptist 6 BC
Mary stays with Elizabeth And May stayed with her about three months; then she returned to her home.
Birth of John the Baptist Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son.
When they came to circumcise the child on the eight day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. But his mother responded, No! He will be called John.
They they said to her "None of your relatives has that name. So they motioned to his father to find out what he wanted him to be called. He asked for a writing table and wrote; HIS NAME IS JOHN - Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue became loose.
Zechariah's prophecy Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied; He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times.
And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.
John's early years The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
the Announcement to Joseph Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.
See the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name HIm Immanuel which is translated "God is with us"
THe birth of Jesus Christ 5 BC
The birth of Jesus and Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant.
Then she gave birth to her first born Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough - because there was no room for them at the inn.
He married her but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favours!
But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
Circumcision of Jesus When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named JESUS the name give by the angel before He was conceived,
Presntation in the Temple Every first born male will be dedicated to the Lord. and to offer a sacrifice. a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.
Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel's consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law. Simeon took Him up in his ars praised God, and said;
Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, according to your word.
For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel.
Indeed this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed - and a sword will pierce your own soul - that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel. At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
But when the completion of the time came, God sent His son, born of a woman,, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Gal. 4: 4-5