Childhood, and Early Life of Jesus
Ancient Promises of
In what promise was a
Savior from sin first revealed?
So the Lord God said to the
serpent, Because you have done this, Cursed
are you above all the livestock and all the wild
animals! You will crawl on your belly and you
will eat the dust all the days of your life. And I
will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your offspring and hers; he will
crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
Through whom was a
restoration of the lost dominion promised to
All the land that you
see I will give to you and your offspring
forever. Genesis 13:15.
Who was this promised
The promises were
spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The scripture
does not say and to seeds, meaning
many people, but and to your seed,
meaning one person, who is Christ.
The Birth Of Jesus
Where was Christ to be
When he had called
together all the peoples chief priests and
teachers of the law, he asked them where the
Christ was to be born. In Bethlehem in Judea,
they replied, for this is what the prophet
has written: But you, Bethlehem, in the
land of Judah are by no means least among the
rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.
Matthew 2:4-6. (See Micah 5:2)
Of whom was Christ to be born?
Therefore the Lord
himself will give you a sign: The virgin
will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14.
Note Immanuel means
God with us. (See Matthew 1:23.)
Before He was born, what
did the angel say to Joseph concerning the naming
of the Child?
She will give birth to
a son, and you are to give him the
name Jesus, because he will save his
people from their sins. Matthew 1:21.
At His birth, what message did
the angel bring to the shepherds abiding in the
But the angel said to them,
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news
of great joy that will be for all people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born
to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke
In what song of praise did the
host of angels join?
Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared with the
angel, praising God and saying, Glory to
God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on
whom his favor rests. Verse
What prophecy of Isaiah was
fulfilled at Christs birth?
For to us a child is
born, to us a son is given, and the government
will be on his shoulders. And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.
What did the prophet say His
name should be called?
And he will be
called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there
will be no end. He will reign on Davids
throne and over his kingdom, establishing and
upholding it with justice and righteousness from
that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord
Almighty will accomplish this. Verses 6,7.
What did devout Simeon say
when he saw Jesus?
Moved by the Spirit, he went
into the temple courts. When the parents brought
in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom
of the law required, Simeon took him in his arms
and praised God, saying: Sovereign Lord, as
you have promised, you now dismiss your servant
in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all
people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for the glory to your people Israel.
How did the aged prophetess
Anna express herself at the sight of Jesus?
Coming up to them at
that very moment, she gave thanks to God
and spoke about the child to all who were looking
forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
What did the Wise Men of the
East do when they found Jesus?
On coming into the
house [stable] they saw the child with his mother
Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then
they opened their treasures and presented him
with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
Into And Out Of Egypt
How did Jesus come to
live for a time in Egypt?
When they had gone, an
angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
Get up, he said, Take the child
and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there
until I tell you, for Herod is going to search
for the child to kill him. Verse 13.
How does the revelator
describe this satanic desire to destroy Jesus?
His tail swept a third
of the stars out of the sky and flung them to
earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who
was about to give birth, so that he might devour
her child the moment it was born.
By what means did Herod seek
to destroy Christ?
When Herod realized
that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was
furious, and he gave orders to kill all the
boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two
years old and under, in accordance
with the time he had learned from the Magi.
After Herods death,
where did Joseph and his family live?
And he went and lived in
a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what
was said through the prophets: He will be
called a Nazarene. Verse 23.
At Nazareth And Jerusalem
What does the Bible say
of Christs childhood and early life?
And the child grew
and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and
the grace of God was upon him. Then he
went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient
to them. But his mother treasured all these
things in her heart. Luke 2: 40, 51.
Upon returning from a
feast at Jerusalem, how did Joseph and Mary lose
Jesus when He was twelve years old?
Thinking he was in
their company, they traveled on for a day.
Then they began looking for him among their
relatives, and friends. When they did not find
him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
Verse 44, 45.
Note This is how many
lose Jesus today. They suppose He is in their company,
but do not see to it that He is with them personally.
Through carelessness it takes but a day to
lose Him; but, when once lost, it sometimes takes
days of sorrowful searching, as it did Joseph and
Mary, to find Him again.
What was Jesus doing when
they found Him?
After three days they
found him in the temple courts, sitting among
the teachers, listening to them and asking
questions. Verse 46.
How did His questions and
answers impress those who heard Him?
Everyone who heard him
was amazed at his understanding and his
answers. Verse 47.
With what words do the
Scriptures conclude the record of Christs
And Jesus grew in
wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and
man. Verse 52.
Heavens Pattern For
Christs early life is
a pattern for all children and youth. It was
marked by respect and love for His mother. He was
obedient to His parents and kind to all. He hated
sin, and to every temptation turned a deaf ear.
He sought to understand the reason of things, and
so increased in knowledge and wisdom. He was
sympathetic and tenderhearted, ever ready to
relieve the oppressed, the sorrowing, and the
suffering. If we love Christ, we shall love to
talk of Him; our sweetest thoughts will be of
Him; and by beholding Him we shall be changed
into the same image.
All praise to Thee, eternal
Clothed in a garb of flesh
Choosing a manger for Thy
While worlds on worlds are
Once did the skies before
A virgins arms contain
Angels, who did in Thee
Now listen to Thine infant
A little child, Thou art our
That weary ones in Thee may
Forlorn and lowly is Thy
That we may rise to heaven
Thou comest in the darksome
To make us children of the
To make us, in realms
Like Thine own angels round
All this for us Thy love
By this to Thee our Life is
For this we tune our
And tell our thanks on songs
- Martin Luther.