When Christmas Began

IN THE BEGINNING… WAS GOD AND JESUS

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not ANY thing made that was made.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Rev 22:13 [Jesus said] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Heb 1:8 But of the Son [God] says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Jesus as God link https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/jesus-is-god/is-jesus-god/

 

LET US MAKE MAN

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let US make man in Our image, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his [OWN] image, in the Image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

MAN FELL

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, or you will die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye will not surely die:

5 For God knows that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes will be opened, and you will be as gods, knowing good and evil. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife HID themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Gen 3:13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly you will go, and dust shalt you eat all the days of your life:

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

1John 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Rom 6:23 …the Wages of sin is death, but the FREE GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

GOD: OUR FATHER AND SAVIOR

[Eph 1:4-5 ESV] 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Psalms 74:12 For God [is] my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Psalms 21:5 His glory [is] great in your salvation: honor and majesty have you laid upon him [Jesus].

Isa 54:5 For your Maker [is] your husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth will he be called.
Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD your Redeemer.

Psa 68:20 KJV – [He that is] our God [is] the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord [belong] the issues from death.

Isa 12:2 KJV – Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

Isa 25:9 KJV – And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Is 43:11   I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 3:17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”

 

SIGNS AND PROPHECIES

Isaiah 48:16 “Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, endowed with his Spirit.

Micah 5:2 “…Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold, a virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and will call his name Immanuel.

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there will be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isa 62:11 KJV – Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world, Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him.

Zech 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey.

 


 

Before the foundation of the world

1Peter 1:20 [Jesus] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.

1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be: but we know that, when he will appear, we will be like him; for we will see him as he is. 3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure. 4 Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1John 3:5 And you know that [Jesus] was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

John 17:24 [Jesus said] Father, as to those whom thou hast given me, I desire that where I am they also may be with me, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me, for thou loved me before the foundation of the world.

2 Tim 1:9 who has saved us, and has called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to [his] own purpose and grace, which [was] given to us in Christ Jesus before [the] ages of time,

Titus 1:2 in [the] hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the ages of time

 

BIRTH OF A KING

MARY

Luke 1:26 The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.  31 And, behold, you shalt conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David:

33 And he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How will this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost will come upon you , and the power of the Highest will overshadow you : therefore also that holy thing which will be born of you will be called the Son of God. — 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

JOSEPH

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take  Mary as your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she will bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he will save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin will be with child, and will bring forth a son, and they will call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

JESUS IS BORN

Luke 2:7-18, 20, 25-28, 30-32 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this [will be] a sign unto you; You  will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord has made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen [it], they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard [it] wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. … And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. … And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, … For my eyes have seen your salvation, Which you have prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given

Gal 4:4 When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

Phil 2: 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he [Jesus] was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

 

JESUS BAPTISED

Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. … And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

A WORTHY SON

Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said [God] at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?
Heb 1:6 And again, when he brings in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son [he saith], Your throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of thy kingdom.
Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] your God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands:
Heb 1:11 They will perish; but you remain; and they all will wax old as doth a garment;
Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?


THE SACRIFICE

Gen 22:7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, “Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering?”
Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb”

John 1:29 …John [the baptist] saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.

1Peter 1:18 You were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;
1Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

 

 

WITNESSES

Heb 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

1John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we [apostles] have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

, the Apostle Thomas comes to the same realization and proclaims to Jesus, “My Lord, and my God!” (John 20:28). In Titus 2:13, the Apostle Paul calls Jesus “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” The Apostle Peter said the same, “our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1).

 

 

LORD OF LORDS, KING OF KINGS

1Tim3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory

Isa 9:6 … and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there will be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts [soldiers] will perform this.

1Cor 15:27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.”e (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuserof our brethren is cast down [Satan] , which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And [the saints] overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Rev 22:3 And there will be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it; and his servants will serve him:
Rev 22:5 And there will be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they will reign for ever and ever.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne will feed them, and will lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work will be.

 

 

Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Rev 7:9-10After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Rev 22:13 [Jesus said] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Rev 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:20 He which testifies these things say, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Rev 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.

WE CANT BRAG

1Cor 1:28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.
1Cor 1:29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

Rom 6:20 Therefore by the deeds of the LAW, NO flesh will be justified in His sight; for by the Law is the Knowledge of sin.

Rom 6:23 For the Wages of sin is death, but the FREE GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which WE have done, but according to HIS mercy HE saved us,

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Rom 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace. But if its is of works, then it is no more grace

Eph 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God 9 NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast [brag].

Psa 95:1 KJV – O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.