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|God's Messiah, or Chosen One, who will save us from the results of our own disobedience (sin), is predicted throughout the Bible's Old Testament and this part 2/1 provides several references to illustrate that. When God deemed the time was right, announcements were made that the Messiah was about to be born, followed by a proclamation to ‘Prepare the Way’ for him.
In Middle Eastern culture one's ancestors are very important, so the account begins with Jesus' ancestry to establish who he is, before going on to describe his special birth.
As a baby he was visited by the lowly (shepherds) and the high (wise men), whose gifts give us a clue to his future - a shepherd (of God's people), a king, a priest… and destined for death (by crucifixion).
He and his family had to flee to Egypt to escape persecution before they could return home, where his early childhood demonstrates deep intelligence and knowledge of God. (Return to top)