For unto us a Child is born,
unto us a Son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~
…the Lord is, from eternity, God,
and that God Himself is the Lord
who was born in the world.
~ Doctrine of the Lord 1 ~
And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made
when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed,
every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,
unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and lineage of David)
to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,
being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
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.
~ Luke 2:1-7 ~
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 shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
ye shall 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 hath 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.
But Mary kept all these things,
and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all the things that they had heard and seen,
as it was told unto them.
~ Luke 2:8-20 ~
Now when Jesus was born
in Bethlehem of Judaea
in the days of Herod the king, behold,
there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews?
for we have seen His star in the east,
and are come to worship Him.
When Herod the king had heard these things,
he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests
and scribes of the people together,
he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea:
for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda,
art not the least among the princes of Juda:
for out of thee shall come a Governor,
that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men,
enquired of them diligently
what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said,
Go and search diligently for the young Child;
and when ye have found Him, bring me word again,
that I may come and worship Him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed;
and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east,
went before them, till it came and stood over
where the young Child was.
When they saw the star,
they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house,
they saw the young Child with Mary His mother,
and fell down, and worshipped Him:
and when they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto Him gifts;
gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream
that they should not return to Herod,
they departed into their own country another way.
~ Matthew 2:1-12 ~
…the knowledges of good and truth from the Word,
are signified by ‘stars’…
~ Apocalypse Revealed 51 ~
The star that went before [the wise men]
meant knowledge from heaven.
Gold meant the heavenly goodness;
frankincense, the spiritual goodness;
and myrrh, the earthly goodness
that together form the source of all worship.
~ True Christianity 205 ~