|Matthew (New Revised Standard Version)||Urantia Book||References|
|Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.||3. GABRIEL'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO MARY - P.1346
- §4 One evening about sundown, before Joseph had returned home,
Gabriel appeared to Mary by the side of a low stone table and, after she
had recovered her composure, said: "I come at the bidding of one
who is my Master and whom you shall love and nurture. To you, Mary, I
bring glad tidings when I announce that the conception within you is ordained
by heaven, and that in due time you will become the mother of a son; you
shall call him Joshua, and he shall inaugurate the kingdom of heaven on
earth and among men. Speak not of this matter save to Joseph and to Elizabeth,
your kinswoman, to whom I have also appeared, and who shall presently
also bear a son, whose name shall be John, and who will prepare the way
for the message of deliverance which your son shall proclaim to men with
great power and deep conviction. And doubt not my word, Mary, for this
home has been chosen as the mortal habitat of the child of destiny. My
benediction rests upon you, the power of the Most Highs will strengthen
you, and the Lord of all the earth shall overshadow you."
P.1346 - §5 Mary pondered this visitation secretly in her heart for many weeks until of a certainty she knew she was with child, before she dared to disclose these unusual
P.1347 - §0 events to her husband. When Joseph heard all about this,
although he had great confidence in Mary, he was much troubled and could
not sleep for many nights. At first Joseph had doubts about the Gabriel
visitation. Then when he became well-nigh persuaded that Mary had really
heard the voice and beheld the form of the divine messenger, he was torn
in mind as he pondered how such things could be. How could the offspring
of human beings be a child of divine destiny? Never could Joseph reconcile
these conflicting ideas until, after several weeks of thought, both he
and Mary reached the conclusion that they had been chosen to become the
parents of the Messiah, though it had hardly been the Jewish concept that
the expected deliverer was to be of divine nature. Upon arriving at this
momentous conclusion, Mary hastened to depart for a visit with Elizabeth.
P.1347 - §1 Upon her return, Mary went to visit her parents, Joachim and Hannah. Her two brothers and two sisters, as well as her parents, were always very skeptical about the divine mission of Jesus, though, of course, at this time they knew nothing of the Gabriel visitation. But Mary did confide to her sister Salome that she thought her son was destined to become a great teacher.
P.1347 - §2 Gabriel's announcement to Mary was made the day following the conception of Jesus and was the only event of supernatural occurrence connected with her entire experience of carrying and bearing the child of promise.
P.1349 - §4 When Joseph was a young man, he was employed by Mary's father in the work of building an addition to his house, and it was when Mary brought Joseph a cup of water, during a noontime meal, that the courtship of the pair who were destined to become the parents of Jesus really began.
P.1349 - §5 Joseph and Mary were married, in accordance with Jewish custom, at Mary's home in the environs of Nazareth when Joseph was twenty-one years old. This marriage concluded a normal courtship of almost two years' duration. Shortly thereafter they moved into their new home in Nazareth, which had been built by Joseph with the assistance of two of his brothers. The house was located near the foot of the near-by elevated land which so charmingly overlooked the surrounding countryside. In this home, especially prepared, these young and expectant parents had thought to welcome the child of promise, little realizing that this momentous event of a universe was to transpire while they would be absent from home in Bethlehem of Judea.
|Matthew 2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6 "And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.' " 7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.||P.1352 - §2 These priests from Mesopotamia
had been told sometime before by a strange religious teacher of their country
that he had had a dream in which he was informed that "the light of
life" was about to appear on earth as a babe and among the Jews. And
thither went these three teachers looking for this "light of life."
After many weeks of futile search in Jerusalem, they were about to return
to Ur when Zacharias met them and disclosed his belief that Jesus was the
object of their quest and sent them on to Bethlehem, where they found the
babe and left their gifts with Mary, his earth mother. The babe was almost
three weeks old at the time of their visit.
P.1352 - §3 These wise men saw no star to guide them to Bethlehem. The beautiful legend of the star of Bethlehem originated in this way: Jesus was born August 21 at noon, 7 B.C. On May 29, 7 B.C., there occurred an extraordinary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Pisces. And it is a remarkable astronomic fact that similar conjunctions occurred on September 29 and December 5 of the same year. Upon the basis of these extraordinary but wholly natural events the well-meaning zealots of the succeeding generation constructed the appealing legend of the star of Bethlehem and the adoring Magi led thereby to the manger, where they beheld and worshiped the newborn babe. Oriental and near-Oriental minds delight in fairy stories, and they are continually spinning such beautiful myths about the lives of their religious leaders and political heroes. In the absence of printing, when most human knowledge was passed by word of mouth from one generation to another, it was very easy for myths to become traditions and for traditions eventually to become accepted as facts.