The Birth of Jesus



The Gospels of Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth of Jesus, remembered and celebrated by many people every year at Christmas. Much of his life, death and resurrection is in the New Testament. The apostle John records that “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). However, the promise of Jesus goes right back to the beginning of the Bible and the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). Abraham was promised a descendent through whom “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). King David was promised an heir who would reign on his throne in Jerusalem forever (2 Samuel 7:16).  

Isaiah prophesied that “unto us a child is born ... of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom” (Isaiah 9:6-7), words echoed to Mary by the angel Gabriel: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:28-33)

The Bible is very clear, the birth of Jesus in such humble circumstances, was for a purpose. Indeed, it was so important, it was a matter of life and death; not just for the life of Jesus, but for the life of every one of us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

The son of the living God, with the feelings and characteristics of his faithful mother Mary and her ancestors, Abraham and David, woven into his DNA. His conception was indeed a miracle, but the Bible tells us that his Father created all things, including life itself. His birth, promised many centuries before, was indeed a cause of great celebration. In his ministry, he brought the written words of the Old Testament Bible to life, so we could see the true character of his Father, in Jesus’ words and deeds, as an example to us. His death and resurrection offers each one of us such hope, but requires a response, a challenge to change our life. Ultimately, his birth heralds the promise that he will come again to be the righteous King over the whole Earth.

Tension and Conflict in the Middle East: Bible Prophecy Fulfilled


This May sees the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of the State of Israel on the 14th May 1948.  It was a hugely significant moment for the Jewish people who were returning to their original homeland of Israel nearly 2000 years after being removed from that land by the Romans.  Last year saw the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and Britain's influential hand in initially facilitating the return of the Jews to what was then Palestine. Then followed the Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, prompting an exodus of Jews from Europe to Palestine, at the time opposed by Britain with its Mandate to govern Palestine.  The end of this Mandate, and subsequent Declaration of the State of Israel, was a controversial move which infuriated the Arab nations of that area and immediately sparked off the 1948 Arab-Israeli war in which five neighbouring countries launched an assault on the brand-new state of Israel, in an unsuccessful attempt to wipe it off the map.

During the seventy years, there has been many conflicts including the politically momentous Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, wars in Lebanon and the Gaza strip. Despite the involvement of the United Nations and World powers such as the EU, the US and Russia, peace initiatives have come and gone. Tensions between Israel and its neighbours continue unabated and our news routinely includes coverage of the often violent clashes that result.  Indeed, the eyes of the world are on this country the size of Wales. 

What is less well known is the way in which so much of this was predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago by the prophets who described in advance both the scattering of the Jews around the world and their eventual regathering to the land of Israel which continues to this day.  The prophet Ezekiel who himself was taken captive from Israel to Babylon, modern day Iraq, almost 600 years before Jesus was born:

“Therefore say, So says the Lord GOD: Though I have sent them (the Jews) far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the lands, yet I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the lands where they had gone.  Therefore say, So says the Lord GOD: I will even gather you from the people and assemble you out of the lands, in those where you were scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”  (Ezekiel 11v16-17)

Creation: the Evidence of God's Power


All of the Bible testifies to God as the Creator of the heavens and the Earth.
"For since the beginning of the world the invisible attributes of God, e.g. his eternal power and divinity, have been plainly discernible through things which he has made and which are commonly seen and known" Romans 1:20 (Phillips NT).

Science has revealed the complexity of many of the processes essential to life, allowing us to stand in awe at how the vast universe is so perfectly designed for life. Sixty five years after the confirmation that DNA contained the genetic instructions for living organisms, the intricate molecular processes involved in turning those instructions into the building blocks of life are still to be fully understood.


Around 3000 years ago, King David wrote the following Psalm about his wonder at God's careful oversight of every stage of his life:
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well... Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)


Based on probability, the spontaneous evolution of life is impossible, yet many scientists and the media promote the view that all the intricate detail of life on earth emerged from a mixture of molecules. The Bible is clear, God is the creator and the author of life.

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