The Story of the Bible
In fulfilment of prophecies scattered throughout the Jewish bible, Jesus was born in Bethlehem to a woman who had never had sex. Matthew 1 This child was the son of God - not born from a husband's desire, but by God's power. He was fully human, yet fully God. Because he was not fathered by a human, he did not inherit Adam's sinful nature. Jesus was like Adam before he sinned - he was God's second chance for humans. Because he was conceived in a woman's womb and was born as a baby, he was fully human and so was able to experience life as one of us.
He experienced some of the worst that life had to offer, being born a Jew at a time when his nation was oppressed by a cruel military occupation that would crucify all men from a village to make an example of them. After his remarkable birth, Jesus, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt after being warned in a dream - before Herod ordered the murder of all children under two years old in Bethlehem. Matthew 2
After Herod's death, they returned to Israel, but settled in Nazareth, fulfilling prophecy that the Saviour would come from there. He grew up and learned his father's trade as a carpenter and after Joseph's death, picked up the family business.
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