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The Festival of the Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Christ

December 24th, 2013
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The appointed Scripture readings for the Eve of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ are:

Isaiah 7:10–14
1 John 4:7–16
Matthew 1:18–25

The Word of the Lord Is Fulfilled in the Flesh of Jesus

Though Ahaz would not ask, the Lord gives a sign to the house of David, that “the Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Is. 7:14). With this promise, He signifies that salvation is by His grace alone; it is no work or achievement of man, but the Lord’s own work and free gift. The promise is fulfilled as the Son of God is conceived and born of the Virgin Mary, and the sign is received in faith by the house of David in the person of Joseph (Matt. 1:20–24). “Incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary” (Nicene Creed), God is with us (Immanuel) in the flesh of Jesus, Mary’s Son. Joseph believes that Word of God and so demonstrates a marvelous example in his immediate and quiet obedience, taking Mary to be his wife and caring for her in faith and love. He loves her because the love of God is manifest in this, that “the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world,” “to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9–10).

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  1. December 24th, 2011 at 15:22 | #1

    The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise.
    When his mother Mary was married to Joseph, before they came to dwell together,
    she was found with child by the holy ghost.
    Then Joseph her husband being a perfect man, and *loth (unwilling) to make an example of her,
    was minded to put her away secretly.
    While he thus thought, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying:

    Joseph the son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife. For that which is conceived in her is of the holy ghost. She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins.

    All this was done to fulfil that which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying:

    Behold a maid shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Emanuel, which is by interpretation, God with us.

    And Joseph, as soon as he awoke out of sleep, did as the angel of the Lord bade him, and took his wife unto him, and knew her not till she had brought forth her first son,

    and called his name Jesus.

    The 2nd

    When Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Jury (Jewry),
    in the time of Herod the king. Behold,
    there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem saying:
    Where is he that is born king of the Jews?

    We have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him.

    When Herod the king had heard this, he was troubled,
    and all Jerusalem with him, and he gathered all the chief Priests and Scribes of the people, and asked of them where Christ should be born.

    And they said unto him:

    at Bethlehem in Jewry.
    For thus it is written by the Prophet. And thou Bethlehem in the land of Jewry,
    art not the least concerning the Princes of Juda.
    For out of thee shall come the captain, that shall govern my people Israel.

    Then Herod privily called the wise men, and diligently enquired of them,
    the time of the star that appeared, and sent them to Bethlehem saying:
    Go and search diligently for the child. And when ye have found him, bring me word,
    that I may come and worship him also.

    When they had heard the king, they departed:

    and lo the star which they saw in the East, went before them,
    till it came and stood over the place where the child was.

    When they saw the star, they were marvellously glad:
    and went into the house, and found the child with Mary his mother,
    and kneeled down and worshipped him,
    and opened their treasures, and offered unto him gifts,
    gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    And after they were warned of God in a dream, that they should not go again to Herod, they returned into their own country another way.

    When they were departed:

    behold the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in dream saying:

    arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt,
    and abide there till I bring thee word.
    For Herod will seek the child to destroy him.

    Then he arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt,
    and was there unto the death of Herod,
    to fulfil that which was spoken of the Lord, by the Prophet which saith,

    out of Egypt have I called my son.

    Translator
    William Tyndale 1524

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