The birth of Christ

On 25th of December we celebrate Jesus' birth, Christmas, He was born about 2025 years ago in Bethlehem and placed in a manger by Virgin Mary. Wise men visited the child knowing that He is King. Jesus Christ blessed humanity by becoming human. By His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension He blessed and saved us from our sins, opening the gates of paradise for us and exalting us to the right hand side of God the Father.

Prophesies about Christ were foretold hundreds of years before His birth:
Jesus will come from the line of Abraham (Genesis 22:18).
Jesus' mother will be a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
Jesus will be born in the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
Jesus will be born among sorrow (Jeremiah 31:15) and (Matthew 2:16-18).
Jesus will be a member of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10).
Jesus will enter the temple. This is important because the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and was never rebuilt. (Malachi 3:1).
Jesus will be from the lineage of King David (Jeremiah 23:5) and (Isaiah 11:1).
Jesus will be welcomed as a King in Jerusalem riding a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).
Jesus would be rejected by His own people (Isaiah 53:1-5) and (Psalm 118:22).
Jesus will be crucified (Psalm 22:16), (Isaiah 53:10-11) and (Zechariah 12:10).
Jesus will resurrect from the dead (Psalm 16:10) and (Psalm 49:15).
Jesus will ascend into heaven (Psalm 68:18) and (Psalm 110:1).

Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary the virgin and said to her, among other things, that she will give birth to a son who will be the son of God and He will reign. Virgin Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph but before they came together she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit just as what Archangel Gabriel told her. After Jesus' birth Virgin Mary placed baby Christ in a manger because there was no guest room available for them since Joseph and Virgin Mary left their house and went to Bethlehem for the census of the Roman empire. Wise men visited baby Christ following a star which was placed exactly above the baby. Joseph and Virgin Mary took Christ to Egypt avoiding ruthless Herod who wanted to kill Christ. Herod ordered to kill all babies in Bethlehem under two years old. After Herod's death Joseph, Virgin Mary and Christ went to Nazareth, Galilee, Israel. Jesus' parents took Jesus to God's temple in Jerusalem as prescribed by Moses' law. There two prophets Simeon and Anna guided by the Holy Spirit met baby Christ and were delighted and said that the baby is the Savior.

God became human. God condescended, accepted to become human sanctifying, blessing the human race. When a Saint looks or touches somebody that somebody feels blessed, it is the energy of the Holy Spirit, since a Saint is a vessel of the Holy Spirit. Therefore when God became human He blessed, sanctified the human race. God told Abraham that through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 22:18). That is what God said to Abraham one of your descendants (Jesus Christ) will bless all the people of the earth. By Jesus' birth Jesus blessed all the people of the earth just like what God told Abraham the ancestor of Christ.

When Christ became human He lived with us preaching, performing miracles, blessing, spreading the word of God. A summary of Christ's words is: "Repent the Kingdom of God is approaching".

By resurrecting Jesus killed, abolished death opening the gates of paradise for us.

Jesus Christ exalted humanity by being raised at the right hand of His Father (the ascension of Jesus). According to Saint Paul we sit together with Christ at the right hand side of His Father (Colossians 3:1) granting us authority and power.

In conclusion, God became human what a great honor for human kind. By Jesus' birth all people are blessed and sanctified because God became man, God-man so Christmas is the mother of all celebrations. I feel so happy when I see all the decorations, choirs, the celebrations because we honor Jesus' birth. Jesus is God-man now, before His birth He was God. He guided us, He redeemed us and gave us authority and power.

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