Week #1 of 13
Origin, Genealogy, and Birth of Jesus

Monday The pre-existence of Jesus.
• John 1:1-18
• Colossians 1:15-17
• Genesis 1:1, 26.

Tuesday The genealogy of Jesus.
• Matthew 1:1-17
• Luke 3:23-38

Wednesday Gabriel visits Zacharias and Mary.
• Luke 1:1-80

Thursday Joseph's story. Jesus is born in Bethlehem.
• Matthew 1:18-25
• Luke 2:1-38

Friday Escape to Egypt. The childhood of Jesus.
• Matthew 2:1-23
• Luke 2:39-52

Eyewitness: Mary
Mary was the mother of Jesus and the wife of Joseph. She was a virgin when Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
     During her pregnancy, Mary spent time with her relative Elizabeth, who was the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-56).
     Joseph was betrothed to Mary when he discovered she was pregnant. He intended to put her away secretly.
  However, an angel told Joseph what had happened. So Joseph took Mary as his wife, and kept her as a virgin until she gave birth.
     Mary was not a perpetual virgin, as she later became the mother of other sons and daughters (Matthew 13:55-56).
     Mary was a widow at the time of Jesus' death. While on the cross, Jesus committed her to the care of John, his apostle (John 19:25-27).

Did you know?
Frankincense is a tree resin that hardens quickly, and is aromatic when burned.

Myrrh is a tree resin used in perfumes and anointing oils. Myrrh mixed with wine was used as a painkiller. See Mark 15:23 and John 19:39.

© 2000 Ken Palmer www.LifeofChrist.com BackWeek #2 >