For to us a child is born,(A)
    to us a son is given,(B)
    and the government(C) will be on his shoulders.(D)
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor,(E) Mighty God,(F)
    Everlasting(G) Father,(H) Prince of Peace.(I)

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The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word,(A) and the Word was with God,(B) and the Word was God.(C) He was with God in the beginning.(D) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.(E) In him was life,(F) and that life was the light(G) of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness,(H) and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.(I)

There was a man sent from God whose name was John.(J) He came as a witness to testify(K) concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.(L) He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light(M) that gives light to everyone(N) was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,(O) the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.(P) 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed(Q) in his name,(R) he gave the right to become children of God(S) 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.(T)

14 The Word became flesh(U) and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,(V) the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace(W) and truth.(X)

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  1. John 1:5 Or understood

30 I and the Father are one.”(A)

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28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;(A) blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”(B)

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Who, being in very nature[a] God,(A)
    did not consider equality with God(B) something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing(C)
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,(D)
    being made in human likeness.(E)
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death(F)
        even death on a cross!(G)

Therefore God exalted him(H) to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,(I)
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,(J)
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,(K)
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,(L)
    to the glory of God the Father.

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  1. Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of
  2. Philippians 2:7 Or the form

For in Christ all the fullness(A) of the Deity lives in bodily form,

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14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign:(A) The virgin[b](B) will conceive and give birth to a son,(C) and[c] will call him Immanuel.[d](D)

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  1. Isaiah 7:14 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. Isaiah 7:14 Or young woman
  3. Isaiah 7:14 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls son, and he or son, and they
  4. Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel means God with us.

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.(A)

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  1. Matthew 1:18 Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you,(A) and the power of the Most High(B) will overshadow you. So the holy one(C) to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.(D)

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  1. Luke 1:35 Or So the child to be born will be called holy,

21 God made him who had no sin(A) to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(B)

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  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Or be a sin offering

15 For we do not have a high priest(A) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are(B)—yet he did not sin.(C)

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26 Such a high priest(A) truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,(B) exalted above the heavens.(C) 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices(D) day after day, first for his own sins,(E) and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all(F) when he offered himself.(G)

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22 “He committed no sin,(A)
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[a](B)

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  1. 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.(A) And in him is no sin.(B)

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Blessings and Woes(A)

17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,(B) 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him,(C) because power was coming from him and healing them all.(D)

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He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi,(A) we know(B) that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs(C) you are doing if God were not with him.”(D)

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(A)

Since we have now been justified(B) by his blood,(C) how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath(D) through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies,(E) we were reconciled(F) to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!(G)

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The Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ came as high priest(A) of the good things that are now already here,[a](B) he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle(C) that is not made with human hands,(D) that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;(E) but he entered the Most Holy Place(F) once for all(G) by his own blood,(H) thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls(I) and the ashes of a heifer(J) sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit(K) offered himself(L) unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences(M) from acts that lead to death,[c](N) so that we may serve the living God!(O)

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator(P) of a new covenant,(Q) that those who are called(R) may receive the promised(S) eternal inheritance(T)—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.(U)

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  1. Hebrews 9:11 Some early manuscripts are to come
  2. Hebrews 9:12 Or blood, having obtained
  3. Hebrews 9:14 Or from useless rituals

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning(A) stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:(B) ‘The Son of Man(C) must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’(D)

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For what I received(A) I passed on to you(B) as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins(C) according to the Scriptures,(D) that he was buried,(E) that he was raised(F) on the third day(G) according to the Scriptures,(H)

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:3 Or you at the first