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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.

- John 1:14

For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.

- Hebrews 2:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit.

- 1 Timothy 3:16a

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His Name Inunanuel.

- Isaiah 7:14

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

- Matthew 1:20

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

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

- Luke 1:34-35

 

    Imagine a prince being born in the palace of a great king. Everything is carefully prepared for his arrival. His room, cradle, coverings, and clothing are all the finest money will buy. Public announcement of his birth is given, flags are flown, greetings are sent, and the nation rejoices.

    When viewing Jesus' birth, the contrast is both startling and humbling. When the King of Kings was born, His room was a stable; His cradle - a feed trough; His clothing - swaddling rags; His visitors - a few poor shepherds, His parents - poor villagers.

    How does this scene clearly portray the humble circumstances surrounding His birth?

The incarnation and birth of Christ does not mean that He ceased being God and changed into a man. Jesus remained truly God. But, in addition to His divine nature, He assumed a complete human nature - both body and soul.

The conception of Christ's human nature took place in a miraculous manner. Jesus had no human father. The Holy Spirit miraculously formed His human nature in the virgin Mary.


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