A Doctor Reports an Unusual Birth

Elia Morise

A doctor once told of a birth like there had never been before. It is about a healthy child, who was born in the village of Bethlehem in Israel, under unusual circumstances. He was laid in a manger after His birth. His mother carried him while she was still unmarried and a virgin. The child had no human father.

Unusual messengers proclaimed His birth; namely, angels from heaven. They called Him the Savior, the Messiah, and the Lord. They sang a song “made in heaven” (Luke 2:10-14). It was also unusual who received this angelic message first: simple shepherds, who spread the news of His birth in Bethlehem.

Eight days later, the baby received an unusual name: Jesus, which means “God saves.” His birth had already been prophesied more than 700 years before: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David…” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Today, we are familiar with the tradition of having our children blessed in the church. This doctor tells us that the mother Mary and her husband Joseph, went with the child to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord God in the temple. Then, two unusual things happened.

The first was that an elderly, just, and God-fearing man named Simeon came. He waited “for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:25-32).

The other was that an elderly woman appeared, a prophetess named Anna, the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. The doctor reports: “And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).

Mary also received an unusual prophecy about her child: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35). This was a prophecy regarding the cross of Jesus Christ.

Dear friends, here we see God’s wonderful plan for mankind: God Himself, come in the flesh (John 1:14)—as Paul writes to his disciple Timothy: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

The birth of Jesus changed everything. It can give your life meaning; it has brought a new era, and made a famous place out of an almost unknown village, which is still visited by many people today.

Jesus also changed the life of His mother Mary: a young woman like so many who lived then, about whom we have never heard anything. Mary was a simple girl, but by the birth of the Lord, she became a blessed and world-famous woman. She prayed:

“My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever” (Luke 1:46-55).

Dear friends, this is the unusual but wonderful and good news for you: Jesus was born, died, and rose again for you. He ascended to heaven for you, and He will return from there to take you to where He is. So, I greet you warmly with the greeting of expectation, “Maranatha”—“Our Lord, come!”

Midnight Call - 12/2017

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