The birth of Jesus stands as a pivotal moment in the history of the world, marking a dramatic turning point in God’s plan to redeem creation from sin and death. Much to the world’s surprise, redemption had arrived … in the form of a lowly baby. Aimed at stirring your affections for Jesus, this meditative book will lead you on a step-by-step journey through the Gospels’ birth narratives, clearing away common misconceptions, making messianic connections, and setting the stage for Jesus’s later life and ministry.
“It may come as a surprise, but Scripture mentions neither the presence of animals, a stable, nor even an innkeeper (whether mean and coldhearted or regretful at the lack of space). The narrative does discuss three things: swaddling cloths (not clothes); a manger; and an inn with no vacancies.” (Page 141)
“Matthew’s infancy narrative is told from the perspective of Joseph, Jesus’s legal adoptive father” (Page 46)
“Despite what some Christians may want to believe, Christmas, as celebrated by many Americans, is a cultural, not a religious holiday. If Jesus were to be completely removed from the equation, Americans could continue to celebrate Christmas with hardly an interruption.” (Page 16)
“Ancestry was culturally, religiously, and politically important in the era we call Second Temple Judaism—that is, the period between the reconstruction of the temple in 516 BC and the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in AD 70.” (Pages 32–33)
“our approach to the biblical text will essentially be biblical, exegetical, historical, and devotional. Biblical” (Page 22)