The Ministry of Jesus Christ
After 70 years of captivity, the Lord allowed His people to come back to the land of Israel. Only a small group chose to return, but they, as well as Jews elsewhere, still lived under the rule of other nations…
500 years later, when Rome ruled Israel, two young Jews named Joseph and Mary, both descendants of the royal line of David, planned to marry. But before they came together, Mary became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Joseph, Don’t worry about taking Mary as your wife: for the child in her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The child is the Son of God. And when she gives birth to this son, you must name Him ‘Jesus’, which means Savior, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Joseph and Mary had to travel to the city of Bethlehem for a census and to pay taxes. And while there, Mary gave birth to her firstborn son whom they named Jesus. So, as prophesied, Jesus was born in Bethlehem to a descendant of King David.
And in the same country, there were shepherds watching over their flocks at night. And the angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very frightened. Then the angel said, “Don’t be afraid: for I bring good news of great joy, for all people. Today a Savior was born for you which is Christ the Lord.”
And the child grew, becoming strong in spirit; and the grace of God was on Him. Jesus matured, increasing in wisdom and in favor with God and man.