Turning Point #9 – The Birth Of Jesus

Really big turning point today – The birth of Jesus! Joy to the world! The Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!

Background: After the destruction of Jerusalem the surviving Jews spent 70 years in Babylonian captivity until they were allowed to return. God is keeping His nation alive to fulfill the promises made to Abraham.

400 years later Jesus is born. Jesus will fulfill the plan of God to rescue man from all the evil that results from sin. He will bruise the head of Satan and He is the seed of Abraham through whom all nations of the earth will be blessed. He will fulfill the law. He is the Son of David that will reign over the house of Israel forever! In other words, all the promises God has been making all along will be fulfilled through Jesus.

We are familiar with the stories about the birth of Jesus. Lets revisit a few of them and note some of the things said that Jesus would do:

When the Angel appeared to Mary (Luke 1:32, 35)

God will give Him the ______________ of His father _________________.

He will be called the Son __ _______.

When the angel appeared to Joseph (Matthew 1:21)

He will save His people from their _______.

The angels who appeared to the Shepherds (Luke 2:11)

A ___________ who is __________ the ______________.

Simeon, working in the temple, made this prophecy (Luke 2:32)

A light to bring revelation to the _______________.

The Wise Men From The East (Matthew 2:2)

The ____________ of the ________________.

The “tricky” part of these wonderful promises (at least for me) are statements about Jesus being the King of the Jews and him reigning on the throne of David. When Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king, what did Jesus say? (John 18:36).

5 thoughts on “Turning Point #9 – The Birth Of Jesus

  1. God will give him the throne of his father David. He will be called the son of God.
    He will save his people from their sins.
    A savior who is the Messiah.
    A light to the Gentiles.
    King of the Jews.
    Jesus admitted he was a king, but not one of the world. The progression of the verses cited prove the promise delivered and the character of His kingdom.

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    1. Thank you Mary K.

      I surprised we don’t struggle more with the promise that God would give the Son of Mary the Throne of His father David. I cannot help but think Mary thought her son was going to be king of Israel in Jerusalem. We believe the kingdom changed to a spiritual kingdom and that in fact Christ is King of (spiritual) Israel…but its easy for me at least to see how some would get sidetracked here.

      Helps a little that In Matthew it was clarified, He will save His people from their SINS.

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      1. Jimmy, when, & how, did Jerusalem change to a spiritual kingdom? People today, before the cronavirus, have still been flocking to Jerusalem, & I think, not sure though, but it’s part of the land somewhere over there that at least 2 countries are still fighting over possession. If it’s already a spiritual kingdom, why does it still shows up on earth?

        I had thought, but, I am obviously wrong, that Jerusalem was going to be a heavenly kingdom, but I erroneously thought that, that was going to happen when earth got destroyed, then, Heaven, also got destroyed, then God was going to make a new, permanent Heaven, including, a new, Heavenly Jerusalem.

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      2. Ill try to explain my understanding of this tricky subject.
        Just has He promised to Abraham, God made Abrahams decendents into a physical nation and gave them the land of Israel.

        In tomorrow’s lesson we will see that the church is now God’s kingdom.

        Physical Israel still exists certainly and people go there but they are no longer God’s special people. Whoever believes in Jesus is.

        Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

        Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

        Christians, whether Jew or Gentile, are God people.

        Because Israel was the nation and Jerusalem was the capital of God’s people in the past, those names have taken on a symbolic meaning….Israel – is the people of God (whether Jew or Gentile) and Heavenly Jerusalem is our home.

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  2. Luke 1:32, 35: God will give him the throne of his father, David. He will be called the Son of God.

    Matthew 1:21: He will save His people from their sins.

    Luke 2:11: A Savior who is Christ the Lord.

    Luke 2:32: A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles.

    Matthew 2:2: The …He who has been born King of the Jews.

    When Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king, Jesus said: John 18:36: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

    So much of what you’ve been bringing up in these lessons is kind of summarized above in the 3rd, larger, paragraph. It is so very nice to learn these important parts of the Bible, be able to still remember them, and see how they all kind of come together in this lesson, & all together have a common purpose & meaning, actually a very important point to the whole Bible!!! 💖💓

    These online lessons have been helping me tremendously!!! In this lesson– topic of study, you’re hitting the important highlights mostly, & it’s helping us, & me so very much, to not get so lost, & confused in so many more trivial details, that after reading them, I can’t remember any of it anyway. Especially things such as who begat who, for pages and pages. I never have yet gotten through the reading of the whole Old Testament. I kept thinking that one day, it would start about something else, instead of the Jews, how they kept messing up, being reminded about God, & repeating. But one fairly recent Sunday morning, in your sermon, I remember you saying that the Bible was about the Jews, until the middle of Acts. And, then, & now, I still have so much more of the Old Testament left to get through. I thought, that day, when you said that, that, I was never going to get through reading about the Jews. I had never had any kind of knowledge that most of the whole Bible centers so much around the Jews. Only a very little of it, mentions the Gentiles, or other people. Is that supposed to be of some great significance to us, as Christians??

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