This page is a work currently in progress and lists facts about Jesus. Sometime in the next few months, God willing, I have hoped to post an article called "The Biblical Account of Jesus" based on the Biblical facts. The intent of this page is to first make a list of the Biblical facts about Jesus to use as a framework for that article. Points which are not explicitly stated Biblical facts are noted in italics but may be implied are shown in italics.
Jesus was Begotten in Bethlehem of Judea in the Days of Herod.
Matthew tells us where and when Jesus was begotten. Matthew
Matthew Describes the Origin of Jesus Genealogically
Matthew begins his Gospel with the words, "The book of the genesis of Jesus Christ" which means "the origin of Jesus Christ," a reference to his genealogical origins. See also Matthew 2:6 quoting Micah 5:2. See also gennesis at Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:14.
The Ancestral Origins of Jesus was Prophesied
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the thousands of Judah, from you One will go forth to me to be ruler in Israel. His origins are from old, from the days of antiquity. Micah 5:2 (cf. Matthew 2:6).
Matthew Tells Us Where and When Jesus was Begotten
Now Jesus having been born/begotten in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod... Matthew 2:1
Jesus was Born/Begotten of a Virgin
... his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child (en gastri)... Matthew 1:18.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child (en gastri) and bear a son... Matthew 1:23.
... and he knew her not until she had borne her son... Matthew 1:25.
...a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph... Luke 1:27.
How can this be since I do not know a man? Luke 1:34.
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Now the birth (gennesis) of Jesus Christ was as follows: when his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child out of ek the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18.
...that which is begotten (genneao) in her is out of (ek the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20.
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you wherefore also the holy one born/begotten (gennao) shall be called 'son of God.' Luke 1:35.
Neither Matthew nor Luke suggest or hint that anyone came down from heaven into Mary's womb.
Neither Matthew nor Luke indicates anything at all was placed in Mary's womb.
The very most that can be said concerning Matthew and Luke's nativity accounts, is that God caused a miracle to occur by the power of the Holy Spirit and that miracle is that a child would be born from a virgin. To imagine that anything at all went into and remained in Mary's womb is to eisegetically read something into the text which it does not state, imply, or suggest. There is no reason to suppose that the conception of Jesus occurred by adding something to Mary's womb. All these accounts say is that God caused a virgin to become pregnant and give birth to a human child. Therefore, all we need to see is that God caused a new reality to exist in Mary's womb without adding anything to her womb just as God created new realities in Genesis chatper one without adding one thing to another.
Genesis 1:1-3 may have been thought to be a typology of Jesus' conception in Mary.
As the Spirit of God overshadowed Mary, we also find the Spirit of God hovering over the waters of creation. In the ancient near east, the waters above were perceived as sweet and the waters below as bitter. In Hebrew, "bitter sea" is written as MRYM. In Hebrew, Mary's name would have been written MRYM. We further find that Jesus' birth is described as a light in the darkness (cf. Luke 1:78-79). "And darkness was upon the face of the deep.... and God said, 'Let there be light.'"
Jesus was a human like every other Jewish Human
Jesus came to exist out of a Woman
Jesus came to exist out of the seed of David
Jesus Grew in Wisdom and Knowledge.
Created: July 21, 2011
Last Updated: July 21, 2011