Jesus a newly born baby – Luke 2:6-7 and Matthew 1:18-25

The town was full of people because of the Roman census. There may well have been a Jewish feast happening at the same time. One of the few private places, available for Jesus’ birth, was where the animals were housed.

After Jesus was born Mary wraps Him in a soft cloth and places Him in the animals’ manger. Which serves as His crib, or cradle.

Jesus was born, died on a cross, and rose again on the third day and He was the Messiah and Son of God. He will return as a reigning King.

Genesis 3:14-16 talks about this birth and the book of Revelation talks about his final triumph over Satan.

Possible dates of the birth of Jesus.

Was Jesus born in a house or a stable?

The shepherds found Jesus as a newly-born baby [Greek brephos].

Background Reading: – The Birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem

6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby, 7 and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no place for them in the guest quarters.
Luke 2:6-7

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The Birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah happened in this way. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they lived together she was discovered to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to disgrace her, decided to divorce her secretly.

20 After he had thought about it, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” he said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he is the one who will save his people from their sins.”

22 Now all this happened to fulfill what was declared by the Lord through the prophet when he said,

23 “See, a virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel,”nwhich means, “God with us.”

24 When Joseph got up from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary as his wife. 25 He did not have marital relations with her until she had given birth to a son; and he named him Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-25

More Information:

Jesus was born as a baby and then had to grow up as any baby does to become an adult.

Jesus was born in a feeding place (Greek Phatane – feeding place) where animals lived. Possibly the only private place in a town where many were living in the open. They had come because of the Roman census or headcount. They would all go back to their hometowns in a few days time.

The custom at a birth of a child born in a house. The musicians played at a birth of a boy but went away without playing if it was a girl. Jesus was born in a common courtyard, not a house. So no musicians on hand but God provided heavenly musicians eg Angels who told the shepherds who then went to visit the newly born baby.

Tradition has Jesus born in a stable. The More likely place was a rock cave for animals or a sheep pen with three sides. Maybe He also was born about the feast of Sukkot also called the Feast of Ingathering or the Feast of Booths.

The family tree of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew is through the Legal Line and the family tree of Jesus in the gospel of Luke is through the Blood Line.


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