At Christmas time, Christians celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, into the world as a man through the virgin birth. We remember the two advent stories in Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 1:18–2:12. We reflect on the humble birth of our Savior by the virgin Mary, His being laid in a manger because there was no room for him in an inn, announcements of His advent by angels, and visits by shepherds and “wise men” (magi) from the east.
These two advent stories focus on the humanity of Jesus as He was humbly born into the world as a baby boy. A third advent story that focuses on the deity of the eternal Word of God, Who took on flesh and came into His creation as a man, can be found in John 1:1-14. Those who believe Jesus is the eternal Word of God and receive Him as Christ their savior can be saved from sin and become the children of God.
This Christmas, we added a new page to the Salvation section of this site, which examines two Old Testament prophecies in Isaiah that foretold the birth of God into the world as a man through a virgin birth. The best known of Isaiah’s advent stories is found in Isaiah 7:14 foretells the virgin birth of a son who would be called Immanuel, which Matthew 1:23 interprets as “God with us.”
Isaiah’s second advent prophecy is found in Isaiah 9:6-7, and is the main focus of the main article examining Isaiah’s advent prophecies. Please click here to read the full “Advent Prophecies of Isaiah” article.