In the first week you will read the origin stories of Christ. Jesus existed with God the Father at creation. You will see that his genealogy included notable Old Testament people like Abraham and David. You will also read about his birth from the gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Monday - The pre-existence of Jesus.
John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:15-17, Genesis 1:1, 26
Tuesday - The genealogy of Jesus.
Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38
Wednesday - Gabriel visits Zacharias and Mary.
Thursday - Joseph's story. Jesus is born in Bethlehem.
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-38
Friday - Escape to Egypt. The childhood of Jesus.
Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:39-52
Mary was the mother of Jesus and the wife of Joseph. According to scripture she was a virgin when Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. During her pregnancy, Mary spent time with her relative Elizabeth, who was the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-56).
Joseph was betrothed to Mary when he discovered she was pregnant. He intended to put her away secretly. However, an angel told Joseph what had happened. So Joseph took Mary as his wife, and kept her as a virgin until she gave birth.
Scripture does not state that Mary remained a virgin after she gave birth to Jesus. She later became the mother of other sons and daughters (Matthew 13:55-56).
Mary was a widow at the time of Jesus' death. While on the cross, Jesus committed her to the care of John, his apostle (John 19:25-27).
Did you know?
Frankincense is a tree resin that hardens quickly, and is aromatic when burned.
Myrrh is a tree resin used in perfumes and anointing oils. Myrrh mixed with wine was used as a painkiller. You can read about myrrh in Mark 15:23 and John 19:39.