In Luke 1:26-28, the angel Gabriel in 1:26 appears to Mary the Mother of Jesus. The angel greeted Mary and said, ‘You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you. Gabriel told the young virgin Mary that she was going to have a child who would be the Son of God and reign over the nations. Some Bible passages picture angels with wings useful for flight in Daniel 9:21. As God lifts up to heaven so angels can move around without having to depend on wings if God so wishes. So there are definitely two types of angels mentioned in the Bible that have wings: Cherubim in Exodus 25:20 and Ezekiel 10 and in Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2,6). Other verses about angels flying assume wings help.
The Angel told Mary, ‘Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him King, as his ancestor David. He will rule the people of Israel forever and his kingdom will never end.’ Mary asked the angel, ‘How can this happen? I am not married!’ The angel answered and said, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, God’s power will come over you. Your child will be Jesus Messiah Holy Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. Her son is connected to Jesus as the forerunner who came to identify the Messiah. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!’ Mary said, ‘I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.’ And the angel left her. In the Gospel of Luke, 1:39 When Mary finds out she is pregnant she set out to travel to hill country in haste to a town of Judah. 40 Then she entered house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth by praising God in magnificat.
56 Then Mary said a joyous soul prayer called the Magnificat in response to fulfilment of her pregnancy. She composed a song of joy she shares with Elizabeth the wife of the High Priest Zachariah. The baby John leaps in Elizabeth’s womb in worship of baby Christ in Mary’s womb. Zachariah equally old wife Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptist. Mary stayed for the last 3 months with her pregnant cousin Elizabeth until the time John was born in Luke 1:56. As stated in Luke 1:57, Elisabeth’s full time came to be delivered and she brought forth a son. As tradition requires, a new mother rests with baby caring for all their needs day and night. To alleviate stress on new mother, relatives like Mary, siblings and family members rally around to support Elizabeth.
They help fetch water for her, clean her house, cook food for all the family members and guests around daily. They wash the baby’s clothes and do the family laundry so provide respite care. This continues for months until Elizabeth becomes strong enough and able to do so herself. As one good turn deserves another, each woman who helps others during maternity leave are also helped when it is their in turn. After staying with Elizabeth to support her through her delivery Mary returned to her own house. On Mary’s return to Nazareth about 9 months later it was time to deliver.
They had travel to Bethlehem for a census to be counted. Mary rode a donkey due to her condition. It was too difficult for a heavily pregnant woman to walk that far. The pressure and weight of the baby was too much to bear. Mary and Joseph arrived too late to find room in an inn. So they found a manger where baby Jesus, King of kings was born. They catered for baby Jesus, made Him warm, comfortable and well fed. His parents showered the baby Jesus with great love and affection. They wrapped Him nicely to keep Him warm and looked after Him well despite humble His beginning of life in a manger.
When babies are born well wishers visit to give congratulation. His name is called JESUS as angel said before he was conceived in the womb. In Luke 2:22-38 angels appeared to the Shepherds to invite them to visit Jesus. They worshipped the Saviour and gave thanks to God. They gave Jesus gifts of sheep and lambs and visited often. Jesus was adored and loved by His family and community. Jesus continued to receive kindness and generosity throughout His Life and ministry.
The 3 wise magi kings Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar visited the new born baby Jesus to pay homage to honour Him as King of kings. When they heard the king was born they departed guided by the star seen in the East before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. They came into the house and saw Child Jesus with Mary His mother so bowed down on their knees and worshipped Jesus. Some people feel the journey took 2 long years to see JESUS after His birth in Bethlehem, in Israel. They opened their treasures and also presented precious gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh in Matthew 2:9-11. All 3 gifts offerings: Myrrh is used as anointing oil, frankincense as perfume and precious gold symbolise royalty. These 3 gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold is symbol of Kingship on earth, frankincense the symbol of priesthood and myrrh embalming oil of conquest of death and resurrection. On the 8th day in Luke 2:21, Christ fulfilled the sign of Abrahamic covenant circumcision in accordance with Jewish tradition (see Genesis 17:12; Levitcus 12:3). Christ is officially, named Jesus as the angel Gabriel said. Christ accepted circumcision as a sign of God’s Covenant with mankind. Christ fulfilled the law to show His family’s descent from Abraham. Christ according to Athehamic fulfilled the law to be circumcised. The circumcision of the heart is more important. Feast of Circumcision of Christ is celebrated by some Christian churches in Anglican communion and Lutheran churches. Then when the days of purification according to the law of Moses was fulfilled, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord 23 As written in the law of the Lord, males that open the womb shall be called holy to the Lord (see Exodus. 13:2, 12, 15; Levitus 12:1-8). They offered sacrifice according to Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.
25 There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and revealed to him he should not die before he sees Lord Christ. 27 He came in the Spirit into the temple. The parents brought in the child Jesus to dedicate Him before God according to the custom of the law. 28 So the High Priest received him into his arms, blessed God and said, According to thy word in peace my eyes have seen thy salvation in Isaiah 52:12 prepared before face of all people as Light for a revelation to Gentiles. His presentation and Mary’s purification described in Luke 2:21-39.
And the glory of thy people Israel (see Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). 36 Anna, prophetess, daughter of Phanuel of tribe of Asher of great age 37 And she had been a widow even for fourscore and four years. She lived in temple so worships God by fasting, supplicating night and day. 38 So that every hour she gave thanks to God and spoke of him to all looking for redemption of Jerusalem through Christ Jesus. So history shows Jesus went in exile into Egypt a refugee. So cares deeply about refugees and immigrant for he experienced such a life.In Matt. 2:13-18, Jesus birth threatened King Herod who found out he had competition from a better King. Herod was angry Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Herod threatened to kill baby boys under the age of two. Some, think Jesus went immediately after event to Nazareth after a short time. Then returned to Bethlehem and there was found by the wise men. But most who put the purification upon the fortieth day, make the visit of the Magi to have shortly followed, and prior to any departure to Nazareth. And this order seems best to harmonize the Scripture narratives. The language of Luke 2:22, compared with verse 21 plainly intimates the circumcision took place on the eighth day, so did the presentation on the fortieth. Joseph was warned in a dream by God to move family to Egypt. When Herod died, the Lord told Joseph in a dream it was safe to leave Egypt. So moved to Nazareth where Mary lived before Jesus was born. Jesus continued to grow as a special healthy child. Herod tried in vain to eliminate baby Jesus as God warned Mary and Joseph in a dream to escape before massacre of innocent infants so they hid in Egypt. Mary, Joseph, Jesus found refuge in Egypt in Africa for some time in their house now turned into a church. Matthew said the Holy family stayed in Egypt land of pyramids until death of Herod for unspecified length of time. But apocryphal details fill in their stay to 3:1/2 years.
Mary, Joseph, Jesus were refuges in Egypt. Jesus lived as refugee in exile so understands predicament of all people in lands all over the world suffering, enduring untold hardships. Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace will one day bring Peace on earth. Then Christ’s Peace will genuinely change people, the lion, lamb live together in peace forever. Egyptian Coptic Church states the Holy Family remained in Egypt for a little over three and a half years. Of all the sites connected with the Holy Family’s Egyptian sojourn the most important is Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, in the Coptic Quarter of Old Cairo, just east of the Nile River. Dating back to the 4th century AD, Abu Serga is among oldest Coptic churches in Egypt. Although burned down around 750 AD, it was restored and has been renovated many times since. The crypt of Abu Serga, Crypt of the Holy Family, directly under the choir of the sanctuary. It contains the remains of the church’s original sanctuary, built over the cave where tradition says Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are said to have rested; when Nile levels are high, it is often flooded. God again revealed in another dream to return to Nazareth. So Jesus and His earthly parents returned to Israel after the end of Herod’s reign. Inside place where Jesus lived is church with icon image art of flight into Egypt.It contains the remains of the church’s original sanctuary, built over the cave where tradition says Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are said to have rested; when Nile levels are high, it is often flooded. God again revealed in another dream to return to Nazareth. So Jesus and His earthly parents returned to Israel after the end of Herod’s reign. Inside place where Jesus lived is a church with this icon image art of flight into Egypt. Jews saw an eagle as symbol of Roman domination and a violation of the law against the use of any sort of carved images, especially in connection with the house of God, their most sacred shrine. Although perpetrators and teachers were executed, the image, as far as we know, was never restored. Jesus and His family are well received in Egypt. Jesus returned to the hometown after 3 years according to prophecy. So after 3:1/2 years in Egypt, Matthew 2:15 cites Hosea. Jesus had a typical Jewish upbringing like his peers. So continued to grow both Jewish Christian faith so learning yet related with other young children. Jesus played with his family members and friends.
This is after 3 years Jesus and parents travelled back to their homeland of Israel. There were no cars, buses or aeroplanes then so they rode a donkey and walked at times so the donkey had a rest. They arrived back safely and lived in a home similar to this one as excavations show of ancient houses in Israel. Their home looked like this in Nazareth at time of Jesus on earth.
The inside structure of a typical home shows how it looked when Jesus was growing up. Below is the design of how Jesus’ household looked inside. It was practical and functional so suitable meet their needs. It was constructed to suit the weather conditions so people used the roof top to enjoy the sunshine or cool down if the inside is too hot.
The interior inner design of a typical Nazareth home showing various rooms and uses. So on return from Egypt back in Israel in Nazareth Jesus grew up as young humble Jewish boy in a big family as recorded in Apocrypha 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21. Jesus of Nazareth grew up in the town of Nazareth which was childhood home of Jesus. Jesus had wider family circle kinship group extended to community of people who believed in him. Mark implies the community of believers functioned as a close-knit family. Jesus has similar family group.
Women were a part of the new type of family Jesus proposed. The Gospel in Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 and Apocrypha speaks of mutual care, respect desirable between parents, children displayed in Jesus and Family. Jesus had such a big family, with lots of food to eat, family members to talk to and play traditional Jewish games with. So Jesus was never alone or bored as children were active.
Jesus had 4 brothers of the Lord, called Apostle James, Joses, Simon, Judas but His sisters are not named in scriptures. Reference to Jesus’ family is found in Matthew 13:55-56, Mark 6:3, Galatians 1:19 and 1 Corinthians 9:5. Jesus’ family continued old and new Jewish tradition of worshipping God. Jesus is a well brought up child. Highly valued loved and appreciated. Christ is very well disciplined so respects family. Christ loved His parents so wanted to impress them by His behaviour and actions. Jesus was a very hard-working, obedient boy. Jesus set a good example as role model so did socialise and play with friends. JESUS also obeyed God’s commands abide by God’s commands. Jesus grew up like other Jewish boys. As stated in Luke 2: 41-52 Jesus continued to grow up in stature and wisdom and submited to parents. JESUS grew up so increased in favour with God and man.