The Birth of Jesus Christ
This page is for adults or older children who want to
learn more about the
birth of Jesus Christ.
The birth of Jesus is sometimes called "The
Nativity". (Younger children will like our Baby
God's promises are in the Bible. For many years before Jesus was born, God
promised to send a Savior to save us from our sins. You can read more about the Old Testament
of the birth of Jesus on our Christmas
in the Bible page.
The Christmas story as it is usually told includes
events which occurred over a period of at least 10 months, and maybe as much as
2 years. If you include the escape to Egypt, then add a few more years.
The events surrounding the
of Jesus Christ and his early days are presented below in chronological
order. To better understand what happened we start the story a few months before
Jesus was conceived. Unless otherwise noted, the 1984 edition of the New
International Version of the Bible is used on this page.
Conception of John the Baptist
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah,
who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was
also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were upright in the sight of God,
observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly. But
they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both
well along in years. Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was
serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the
custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn
incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the
assembled worshipers were praying outside. Then an angel of the Lord
appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When
Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the
angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been
heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him
the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice
because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is
never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with
the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he
bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in
the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their
children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make
ready a people prepared for the Lord." Zechariah asked the angel,
"How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along
in years." The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the
presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this
good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day
this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true
at their proper time." Meanwhile, the people were waiting for
Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came
out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the
temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his
wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
"The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days
he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."
1) This passage is
often not included in
the story of the
birth of Jesus. But if we want to
try to determine the approximate time of year
that Jesus was born, then the above passage is
2) John the Baptist's father, Zechariah was from the priestly
division of Abijah. The schedule which governed the order of priestly
service in Jerusalem was delineated in the Old Testament. Relevant
passages include 1 Chronicles 24; 2 Chronicles 23:8, 1 Chronicles 9:25;
Deuteronomy 16:16. From this we can deduce that the division of Abijah
would have been working in the temple in Jerusalem in the second week of
the month of Sivan of the Jewish lunar calendar. It appears from the text
that the conception took place soon after Zechariah's return home from
Jerusalem. So John
the Baptist was conceived probably the middle of the month of Sivan
(late May - early June on our calendar). If you want to think further on
this subject, an in-depth discussion can be found on this linked page
dedicated to answering the question "When
was Jesus born?"
Notice these two sentences. "When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his
wife Elizabeth became pregnant."
In truth we don't know what amount of time passed between "service was
completed" and "returned home". Nor do we know exactly how
much time passed between "returned home" and "became
pregnant". It seems like it would have been a matter of days. But it
is not precisely stated. Since our further estimations as to the time of
the birth of Jesus all rest on the assumption that Elizabeth became
pregnant within a few days or weeks after Zechariah completed his time of
service, we cannot speak with
certainty regarding the timing
of the birth of Jesus. We can only say what seems most likely to be true, based on
what information was given us in the text.
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in
Galilee, to a virgin pledged
to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's
name was Mary. The angel went
to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is
with you." Mary was greatly
troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But
the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor
with God. You will be with
child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He
will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God
will give him the throne of his father David, and
he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never
end." "How will this
be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she
who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For
nothing is impossible with God." "I am the
Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have
said." Then the angel left her.
An angel tells Mary about Jesus
1) The conception and
birth of Jesus was a supernatural event.
Jesus was born of a
virgin. Maybe your logic and reasoning and knowledge of human behavior are
trying to make the Bible leave some doubt about Mary's virginity. But
there is no doubt in the passage. If you believe the first verse in the
Bible, ("In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth,") then it's not hard to believe that the same God can cause
conception in a virgin.
2) The faith of Mary is shocking. When Mary heard what the angel said,
she probably instantly thought about the ridicule which she would receive. And she must
have thought that Joseph would dump her. But there is no sign of
hesitation, fear, or doubt on Mary's part. She just responds, "I am the
Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have
said." Her faith is an example to us.
3) Concerning the time of year when this conception took place, the
"sixth month" is probably not the sixth month of the calendar
that was in use by the Jews then. Instead it was the sixth month of Elizabeth's
pregnancy. This can be understood by looking at the phrase "she
who was said to be barren is in her sixth month." And also by Luke
1:24 which says, "After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and
for five months remained in seclusion." Then two verses later it says
"in the six month..." So, it seems that Jesus was conceived in
the month of Kislev (November-December). From that we can add 40 weeks to
approximate the time of year of the
birth of Jesus Christ.
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of
Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When
Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed:
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As
soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb
leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has
said to her will be accomplished!" And Mary said: "My soul
glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has
been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all
generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things
for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from
generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he
has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought
down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled
the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has
helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his
descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers." Mary stayed
with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. (Luke 1:39-56)
Mary visits Elizabeth
1) This passage is often not included in
the story of the
birth of Jesus. If we want chronological order, then we
need to include it.
2) The text says that Mary hurried to go to the home of Zechariah and
Elizabeth. Seems that she left almost immediately. This trip was not about hiding
from shame. Her pregnant state would not have been visible yet. This
was a spiritual journey. Elizabeth and Mary were very spiritual women. As soon as
Mary got near Elizabeth, the unborn baby John the Baptist jumped in Elizabeth's womb, and Elizabeth
received a special revelation from the Holy Spirit, telling her that Mary
was carrying the Savior. Wow!
3) It appears that Mary stayed until John the Baptist was born. She wanted
to witness with her own eyes the one who would "make
ready a people prepared for the Lord." John the Baptist would be the
one who would prepare the hearts of the people for the Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. Everything was falling into place for the
birth of Jesus
Christ, the Savior of the world.
An angel tells Joseph about Jesus
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was
pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was
found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because
Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to
public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had
considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your
wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She
will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place
to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The
virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call
means, "God with us." When Joseph woke up,
he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as
his wife. But he had no union
with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)
1) Most men would have told everybody what a low-life
Mary was for getting pregnant while she was off at Elizabeth's. But Joseph
had made up his mind to do everything he could do to not disgrace her.
2) But then Joseph gets the shocking news about Mary's baby. "What is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit."
Whoa, Joseph had just been told that his wife-to-be is carrying God's child! And
what does Joseph do? When he woke up he simply did what God had said that
Joseph should do. Unquestioning obedience in the face of the
impossible. And we'll continue to see this kind of decision-making from this guy. When
God tells Joseph something, Joseph does not doubt, hesitate or waver, he
just immediately obeys - no questions asked. It's no wonder that Joseph
was chosen to be the guardian and helper during the events surrounding the
birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Jesus is born
In those days Caesar
Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman
world. (This was the first
census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And
everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went
up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He
went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and
was expecting a child. While
they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and
she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and
placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
1) If Jesus was conceived in the month of Kislev as discussed above, that puts
the birth of Jesus Christ
in the month of Tishri (September-October) most probably.
2) In the month of Tishri was the Feast of Tabernacles. It lasted for 8
days. (Lev 23:33-36) And every male from all over Israel was supposed to
come to Jerusalem for it. (Deut 16:16) Bethlehem was like a suburb of
Jerusalem, only a few miles away. So Bethlehem would have been packed with people
staying there. Add that amount to the displaced people from the census and
it's no wonder that Bethlehem was packed with people. As a side note about
the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, there is no mention of a donkey used
in the trip. Maybe there was one or maybe not.
they were there, the time came for the baby to be born." This phrase
seems to indicate that Joseph and Mary had been in Bethlehem for some
period of time before the time came for the child to be born.
4) The Greek word (kataluma) that is often translated as "inn" in English
is probably not properly translated. The only other situation that it is
used is in the New Testament it was translated "guest room" or
"upper room" as in describing the place where the Last Supper took
place. The 2011 New International Version says "no guest room available for
them." So it seems
that Christmas plays with Joseph wandering around trying to find a hotel
room and grumpy innkeepers saying "No
room" may have misinformed us. Notice that there is no mention of an
innkeeper in the Bible. Joseph's extended family was right there in
Bethlehem as we
were told in Luke 2:4. From a general reading of the Bible we can infer
that family bonds were very important in that
society. So it seems that Joseph and Mary would stay at a house of a relative of Joseph.
However, one might be led to wonder whether the couple might have been
shunned by their family, because of the pregnancy outside of marriage.
5) Notice that there is no mention of a stable, nor a cave. What!? No stable!?
And no animals are mentioned either. And no hay. A manger is mentioned. A
manger is an animal's feeding trough. So the presence of the feeding trough might lead one to
infer that the feeding trough
was in a stable dedicated to animals, and that animals were present. Well, whatever shelter
they stayed in might have been something that could be used as a
stable, but most likely was not one of the
free-standing stables devoted to taking care of several animals like our
barns would be nor the stables on old Western movies where
people kept their horses while traveling.
6) What has been found archaeologically
in that area of the world is stone mangers in certain areas of homes.
Apparently they would sometimes keep animals in a lower room or maybe a
terrace where there
was a manger made out of stone. These rooms might have been almost like caves
what we would think of as a room. (In today's terms think of a
basement/garage combo that some people have in their homes. It's not
exactly inside and not exactly outside. You might bring a pet or an injured or
pregnant animal in there to be warm.) They could also use that area for
people to sleep when necessary. Jesus'
type of crib picture 1, picture
3. Young's Literal Translation of the Bible
2:7 as "she brought forth her son -- the first-born, and wrapped him
up, and laid him down in the manger, because there was not for them a place
in the guest-chamber". Kenneth Bailey, PhD., in his article
The Manger and the Inn: The Cultural Background of Luke 2:7
indicated that he believed that Jesus was born in a house of extended
family of Joseph. In any case, the manger was a good
place to put the newborn baby Jesus so he would be safe, warm and dry.
7) Babies loved to
It keeps them warm and calm. The climate
in the area of Jerusalem and Bethlehem is fairly warm anyway. Swaddling
was and is the normal
thing to do with babies in many parts of the world even today.
8) Many others have written on the question of what year the
birth of Jesus
took place. The question is too big to be addressed on this page. Ernest L.
Martin in The Star That Astonished the World (Second Edition;
Portland, Oregon: ASK Publications, 1996) ISBN 0-94-5657-87-0 does a good
job of showing that Herod the Great died around 1 B.C. which would put the
birth of Jesus in maybe 2 or 3 B.C. However, there is much dispute about
this date, especially when combined with the phrase "This was the first
census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria".
Hundreds of people have studied this in-depth and it still continues to be
argued. But we should be on
solid ground by assuming that the
birth of Jesus occurred somewhere
between 10 B.C. and 10 A.D.
And there were shepherds
living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared
to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
terrified. But the angel said
to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that
will be for all the people. Today
in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ
the Lord. This will be a sign
to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
manger." Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and
saying, "Glory to God in
the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his
favor rests." When the angels had
left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,
"Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which
the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off
and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When
they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them
about this child, and all who
heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they
had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:8-20)
1) The shepherds were probably there within a day, most likely the same day, and maybe
within an hour or two of the
birth of Jesus. It's interesting to think
about their being chosen of all the peoples of the earth to witness the
throng of angels praising God, and then get to see the Savior.
2) Where the NIV translation says "they spread the word" it
makes it seem that the shepherds went all around Bethlehem telling people.
But other translations do not render it like that. For example, the more
literal ESV says "And when they saw it, they made known the saying
that had been told them concerning this child." So they may have just
talked to people in or near the place where Jesus was born, rather than
intentionally walking around town telling people like door-to-door
evangelists. It seems not clear from the Bible passage. And Mary just kept quiet about it. She did
not seem to want
to draw much attention.
On the eighth day, when it
was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had
given him before he had been conceived.
Jesus and Mary presented
at the temple in Jerusalem
When the time of
their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed,
Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as
it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be
consecrated to the Lord"), and to offer a sacrifice in
keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or
two young pigeons."
Now there was a man
in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting
for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It
had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before
he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved
by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in
the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon
took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord,
as you have promised, you now dismiss
your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen
your salvation, which
you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation
to the Gentiles and for glory to your people
Israel." The child's father
and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then
Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is
destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a
sign that will be spoken against, so
that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce
your own soul too."
There was also a
prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was
very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and
then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and
praying. Coming up to them at
that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all
who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
When Joseph and Mary
had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to
Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
1) This part is almost always left out of the story of the birth of Jesus. But
if we want chronological order then we include it. These events occurred
before the visit of the Magi. And it helps us to understand some things
about the timing of the visit of the Magi and the holy family's escape to
2) Their purpose in going to the temple was two-fold. The first was to offer sacrifices for Mary.
Lev 12:1-4 follows. The LORD said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites:
'A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be
ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her
monthly period. On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. Then the
woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She
must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of
her purification are over." So Joseph and Mary would have been at the
temple at least 40 days after the birth of Jesus. It is not exactly clear
from Leviticus whether a new Israelite mother was to add 33 days to the 7
days of her ceremonial uncleanness, or start counting after the child's
circumcision. So, the wait was either 40 or 41 days, with 40 days being the
time span which has been traditionally thought.
She would probably do it on the first day possible.
3) Mary had to make a sin offering, like every other Israelite woman in
that situation. We can tell that Joseph and Mary were really poor, because they were
bringing doves or pigeons. Lev 12:6-8 follows. "When the days of her purification
for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the
entrance to the Tent of Meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a
young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering. He shall offer them before the
LORD to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean
from her flow of blood. These are the regulations for the woman who gives
birth to a boy or a girl. If she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two
doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a
sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she
will be clean. "
4) The second purpose was to present Jesus for consecration. Every
Israelite was to consecrate the first-born to the Lord, according to
Exodus 13:2 and Numbers 18:14-15.
5) Notice the last sentence in the passage says, "When Joseph and Mary
had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to
Galilee to their own town of Nazareth." It would seem that they
probably would have been staying in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem, for the six
weeks of ceremonial impurity for Mary, and then made the short trip into
Jerusalem. The text appears to say that as soon as they finished these
important spiritual steps in Jerusalem they started the long journey to
Nazareth in Galilee where they had come from.
After Jesus was born in
Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw
his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard
this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When
he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the
law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In
Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet
has written: " 'But you,
Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers
of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people
Israel.'" Then Herod called the
Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had
appeared. He sent them to
Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As
soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship
him." After they had heard
the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child
they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On
coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they
bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
And having been warned in
a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another
route. (Matthew 2:1-12)
The text does not give the names of the Magi, nor even the number. The Magi were not present the night of the
birth of Jesus. And they did not see him in the first six weeks.
Whenever wherever however many there were we don't know with absolute
certainty. We do know that the Magi found Jesus and worshipped him. They gave him
extravagant gifts. There is much more to say about the Magi, as well as the
Christmas star. Please visit our separate page devoted to the Christmas
star and the Magi.
Jesus' family escapes to Egypt
When they had gone, an
angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he
said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there
until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill
him." So he got up, took
the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where
he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had
said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."
When Herod realized
that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders
to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old
and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then
what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard
in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more."
After Herod died, an
angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and
said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of
Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
So he got up, took
the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But
when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father
Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he
withdrew to the district of Galilee, and
he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was
said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene." (Matthew
1) Joseph and family went to Egypt almost immediately after the Magi left. We see once again that Joseph did not mess around when it came to
obeying God. Whatever God told him to do, he did it immediately and
2) The gifts from the Magi would have provided enough money for safe
passage and stay in Egypt for as long as was necessary.
3) After Herod died, it seems like Joseph was thinking to settle in Judea,
maybe Bethlehem where his family was, or maybe Jerusalem. But he
received specific word from the Lord not to do that. Jesus grew up in
Nazareth in the region of Galilee, becoming strong and
wise. (Luke 2:40,52)
4) We are sorry that we really fouled up
the whole Christmas story as usually told. As we looked carefully at it, we've got no
donkey for Mary to ride on to Bethlehem, no
inn, no rude innkeeper, no wandering from place to place trying to find a
place to stay frantically at the last minute with Mary in the midst of
labor, no stable, no animals, no wooden manger, no Magi visiting Bethlehem
anywhere near the time of the birth of Jesus. And if you read Christmas
star and the Magi you see that we are leaning toward
the idea that the Magi found Jesus in Nazareth instead of Bethlehem.
5) Nothing can thwart the plans of God. Step by step
Jesus moved closer and closer to the final destiny for which He was
supernaturally conceived in the womb of a virgin — to
die on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all who would believe
in Him. "For God so loved the world that
He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not
perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) "We have seen and
testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the
world." (I John 4:14)
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