Isaiah was a Hebrew prophet who was believed to have lived about 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, he was said to have found his calling as a prophet when he saw a vision in the year of King Uzziah’s death. Isaiah prophesized the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ. The first thirty-nine chapters (like the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament) are filled with judgment upon immoral and idolatrous men. Judah has sinned; the surrounding nations have sinned; the whole Earth has sinned. Judgment must come, for God cannot allow such blatant sin to go unpunished forever. But the final twenty-seven chapters (like the twenty-seven books of the New Testament) declare a message of hope. The Messiah is coming as a Savior and a Sovereign to bear a cross and to wear a crown.
Isaiah 9:6 says teaches us that Jesus is coming and that the will “be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah told of Jesus’ coming many years before Jesus’ birth and God’s people looked for Jesus for many years. Our kids will learn that Jesus is a very good gift from God.
So, Mary God picked to be Jesus’s mother which was God coming as baby Jesus, she was a young Jewish girl that lived in the town of Nazareth. She was engaged to Joseph, who was a carpenter. One day the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary. The angel said, “Mary, you will give birth to a son. Give Him the name Jesus, who is the Son of God.” Mary conceived the child by the Holy Spirit. Mary visited Elizabeth who was expecting a baby “John the Baptist”. About three months later, Mary returned to her home. Then the angel appeared to Joseph, telling him to marry Mary. Joseph obeyed. The king demanded the Jewish people to go to their hometown and register. Joseph took Mary with him and went to Bethlehem. When they finally arrived, the city was full of people. Where would they sleep? There was no room at the inn. Finally, Joseph found a humble place, a stable. During the night, baby Jesus was born. Mary placed baby Jesus in a manger. That same night some shepherds were watching their sheep in a nearby field. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared. He said, “Today in the city of David, a Savior was born.” Then a multitude of angels appeared, saying, “Glory to God in heaven.” The shepherds quickly went and found baby Jesus lying in a manger. They worshiped Jesus, the Savior. Some wise men from the east saw a special star in the sky. They followed the star, looking for the new born king of the Jews. When they finally arrived in Bethlehem, they saw the shiny bright star above a house. Entering, they saw the child Jesus with His mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped Jesus, giving Him precious gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. Then the wise men returned to their home. Being warned by an angel, Joseph took Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt. Later when it was safe, they returned and lived in the town of Nazareth. Nazareth was an uncelebrated, forgotten town, off the beaten path, even for Galilee. Here in this sleepy town, Jesus’s father and mother story began, and returned. They were Nazarenes. And it was only a matter of time before it would be the moniker that his enemies, and the demons besides, would use to throw shade on his credibility. “Jesus of Nazareth.”