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The primary purpose of all Scripture is to exalt the name of Jesus. Therefore, the Bible is all about Jesus. The Old Testament points to him, the Gospels tell us about him and the rest of the New Testament points back to him. He is the glorious focal point of all scripture and of all creation, “For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things and in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:16-‐17)
We see this truth exemplified clearly in days leading up to and the events immediately following the birth of Jesus. Here in the opening chapters of the New Testament we see promises God made to his people in the Old Testament fulKilled in the coming of Christ. The birth of Christ also sets the stage for all that will come after; the cross, the empty tomb, the day of Pentecost, the conversion of Saul, the spread of the church, and the very hope of our salvation. God “became =lesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)
During the Christmas season, we turn our eyes to the moment of Jesus’s arrival on earth; not as a triumphant king, but as a baby, born of a virgin, and laid in a manger. In this study we will look at the story of Jesus’s birth in the Gospel of Matthew and see how Jesus’s birth fulKilled ancient prophecy, set the stage for the ultimate defeat of evil, and ushered in a new covenant between God and his people. The story is not a simple one. The account of Jesus’s birth and the events surrounding it are full of danger, suspense, symbolism and the overarching faithfulness of God toward his people. As we read and study these chapters, may we be reminded of the supremacy of Christ in all things and the indescribable faithfulness of God toward us in Jesus Christ our Lord.