For generations the promises were repeated—from father to son, from mother to daughter, from family to family, from the older to the younger, and Jewish children were taught to pray for the Messiah’s appearance. By the time you get to the first century, you have all these centuries of expectation built up.
To find examples of wise, godly reactions to disappointment, you’re more likely to turn to Psalms than to Matthew. But the very first chapter in the New Testament tells the story of an upright man’s reaction to painful and disheartening news.
Learn the birthday and birthplace of Jesus as we explore notable biblical and historical evidence along with scholarly speculation regarding the miraculous birth of Christ. Let’s explore whether Jesus was really born on Christmas Day in the little town of Bethlehem!
When we try to wrap our minds around this reality, one of the questions that arises is what was Jesus doing before he was born in Bethlehem? While the Bible does not provide an exhaustive answer, it does give us some indications.