The Birth of Jesus
1#Lk 3:1; Mt 24:14In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the entire inhabited earth should be taxed. 2#Lk 3:1This taxation was first made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And everyone went to his own city to be taxed.
4#Jn 7:42; 1Sa 16:1So Joseph also departed from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to the City of David which is called Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be taxed with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6So while they were there, the day came for her to give birth. 7#Mt 1:25; Lk 2:11–12And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in strips of cloth, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9#2Co 3:18And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. 10#Ge 12:3; Isa 40:9But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. 11#Mt 1:21; Lk 1:43; Mt 16:16For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12#1Sa 2:34; 2Ki 19:29And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13#Ge 28:12; 32:1–2Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14#Lk 1:79; 19:38 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”
15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16#Lk 2:7; 2:12So they came hurrying and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. 17When they had seen Him, they made widely known the word which was told them concerning this Child. 18And all those who heard it marveled at what the shepherds told them. 19#Lk 2:51; Ge 37:11But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
21#Lk 1:31; 1:59When eight days had passed and the Child was circumcised, He was named JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
22When the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23#Ex 13:2; Nu 3:13(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be called holy to the Lord”#Ex 13:2, 12; Nu 3:13; 8:17.) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”#Lev 5:11; 12:8.
25#Lk 1:6; 2:38Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26#Jn 8:51; Heb 11:5It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27#Lk 2:41; 2:48Led by the Spirit, he came into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28#Lk 1:64he received Him in his arms and blessed God and said:
29#Ge 15:15; Lk 2:26 “Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace,
according to Your word;
30#Lk 3:6; Isa 52:10 for my eyes have seen Your salvation
31which You have prepared in the sight of all people,
32#Isa 49:6; 9:2; 60:19 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of Your people Israel.”
33Joseph and His mother were amazed at those things which were spoken about Him. 34#1Co 1:23; Mt 21:44; Ac 28:22Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Listen, this Child is destined to cause the fall and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign which will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And a sword will pierce through your own soul also.”
36#Ac 21:9; Ex 15:20And there was Anna a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. 37#1Ti 5:5; Ac 14:23And she was a widow of about eighty-four years of age who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayer night and day. 38#Lk 2:25; 1:68Coming at that moment she gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who looked for the redemption of Jerusalem.
The Return to Nazareth
39#Lk 2:4When they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40#Lk 2:52; 1:80And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom. And the grace of God was upon Him.
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
41#Dt 16:1–8; 1Sa 1:3Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42When He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43When the days of the feast were complete, as they returned, the Child Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know of it. 44But supposing Him to be in their company, they went a day’s journey. Then they searched for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for Him. 46#Lk 5:17After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47#Mt 7:28; Mk 1:22All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and His answers. 48When they saw Him, they were amazed. And His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You dealt with us like this? Look, Your father and I have anxiously searched for You.”
49#Jn 4:34He said to them, “How is it that you searched for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50#Lk 18:34; Mk 9:32But they did not understand the word which He spoke to them.
51#Lk 2:19; Mk 6:3Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. But His mother kept all these words in her heart. 52#1Sa 2:26; Lk 2:40And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.