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Jesus' birth

The events leading up to the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds.
Contributed by YoMinistry
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Concerning the priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth; ‘They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. And yet they had no child, because Elizabeth was infertile, and they were both advanced in years.’ Luke 1:6-7 (NASB) – Slide 1
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‘Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God...to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. Now an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.’ Luke 1:8a,9b,10-11 (NASB) – Slide 2
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‘Zechariah was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice over his birth.”’ Luke 1:12-14 (NASB) – Slide 3
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‘Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”’ Luke 1:26-28 (NASB) – Slide 4
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‘And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.”’ Luke 1:30-31 (NASB) – Slide 5
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‘“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” <br/>‘But Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”’ Luke 1:32-34 (NASB) – Slide 6
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‘The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; for that reason also the holy Child will be called the Son of God.”’ Luke 1:35 (NASB) – Slide 7
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‘“And behold, even your relative Elizabeth herself has conceived a son in her old age, and she who was called infertile is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” <br/>‘And Mary said, “Behold, the Lord’s bond-servant; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.’ Luke 1:36-38 (NASB) – Slide 8
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‘Now at this time Mary set out and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Luke 1:39-41 (NASB) – Slide 9
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‘And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me?”’ Luke 1:42-43 (NASB) – Slide 10
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‘“For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”’ Luke 1:44-45 (NASB) – Slide 11
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‘Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.’ Matthew 1:18-19 (NASB) – Slide 12
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‘But when he had thought this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”’ Matthew 1:20-21 (NASB) – Slide 13
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Caesar Augustus ordered a census. ‘Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was pregnant.’ Luke 2:4-5 (NASB) – Slide 14
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‘While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.’ Luke 2:6-7 (NASB) – Slide 15
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‘In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood near them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.’  Luke 2-9 (NASB) – Slide 16
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‘And so the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”’ Luke 2:10-11 – Slide 17
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‘“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army of angels praising God and saying ...’ Luke 2:12-13 (NASB) – Slide 18
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‘“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.”’ Luke 2:14 (NASB) – Slide 19
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‘When the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, then, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.”’ Luke 2:15-16 (NASB) – Slide 20
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‘When they had seen Him, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it were amazed about the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.’ Luke 2:17-19 (NASB) – Slide 21
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