Chapter 18: The Incarnation. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of only Son from the Father. (John 1:1, 14).
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of only Son from the Father. (John 1:1, 14)
The genealogy shows that Jesus descended from David. But Matthew makes it clear that Jesus is more than just any descendent of David: he is the perfect or ideal descendent of David.
Story of Mary:
Marry first learned that she would be more than a carpenter’s wife when the angel Gabriel appeared to her.
And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with
you” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered
what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do
not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold,
you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall
name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most
High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his
father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his
kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How
can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel
said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the
power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child
to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
(Luke 1: 28-35)
Mary’s response is what makes her the model for all the faithful people of God.—Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. (Luke 1:38)
Joseph lived in Nazareth, but he had to go back to his native city of Bethlehem—the ancient town where King David had been born—to be properly enrolled. Even though Mary was almost ready to give birth, she and Joseph made the trip from Galilee down past Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Once they got there, they found that everyone else was making the same kind of trip. There was no room for them in the inn, and they had to be put up in a stable. When Mary’s son was born, the only place to lay the baby down was in a feeding trough.
The wise men set off to Bethlehem, and the star led them straight to Jesus. They bowed before him and gave him their expensive gifts…