Christ Born of Mary(A)

18 Now the (B)birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child (C)of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being [a]a just man, and not wanting (D)to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, (E)for that which is [b]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 (F)And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name [c]Jesus, (G)for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 (H)“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and [d]did not know her till she had brought forth (I)her[e] firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

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  1. Matthew 1:19 an upright
  2. Matthew 1:20 Lit. begotten
  3. Matthew 1:21 Lit. Savior
  4. Matthew 1:25 Kept her a virgin
  5. Matthew 1:25 NU a Son

Wise Men from the East

Now after (A)Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]wise men (B)from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, (C)“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen (D)His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all (E)the chief priests and (F)scribes of the people together, (G)he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

‘But(H) you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
(I)Who will shepherd My people Israel.’

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  1. Matthew 2:1 Gr. magoi

John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus(A)

11 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to (B)teach and to preach in their cities.

(C)And when John had heard (D)in prison about the works of Christ, he [a]sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You (E)the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: (F)The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and (G)the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not (H)offended because of Me.”

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  1. Matthew 11:2 NU sent by his

John the Baptist Beheaded(A)

14 At that time (B)Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” (C)For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Because John had said to him, (D)“It is not lawful for you to have her.” And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, (E)because they counted him as a prophet.

But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.

So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”

And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. 10 So he sent and had John beheaded in prison.

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12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, (A)He answered nothing.

13 Then Pilate said to Him, (B)“Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

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Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb(A)

57 Now (B)when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. 59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and (C)laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.

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For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no [a]form or [b]comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no [c]beauty that we should desire Him.
(A)He is despised and [d]rejected by men,
A Man of [e]sorrows and (B)acquainted with [f]grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and (C)we did not esteem Him.

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  1. Isaiah 53:2 Stately form
  2. Isaiah 53:2 splendor
  3. Isaiah 53:2 Lit. appearance
  4. Isaiah 53:3 Or forsaken
  5. Isaiah 53:3 Lit. pains
  6. Isaiah 53:3 Lit. sickness

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet (A)He opened not His mouth;
(B)He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.

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(A)And [a]they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any (B)deceit in His mouth.

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  1. Isaiah 53:9 Lit. he or He

12 (A)Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
(B)And He shall divide the [a]spoil with the strong,
Because He (C)poured out His soul unto death,
And He was (D)numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And (E)made intercession for the transgressors.

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  1. Isaiah 53:12 plunder

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The (A)Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord (B)has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me (C)to [a]heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim (D)liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
(E)To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And (F)the day of vengeance of our God;
(G)To comfort all who mourn,

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  1. Isaiah 61:1 Lit. bind up

32 (A)There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And (B)when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

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The Road to Emmaus(A)

13 (B)Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was [a]seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that (C)Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But (D)their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you [b]walk and are sad?”

18 Then the one (E)whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

19 And He said to them, “What things?”

So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, (F)who was a Prophet (G)mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 (H)and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping (I)that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and (J)certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And (K)certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 (L)Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His (M)glory?” 27 And beginning at (N)Moses and (O)all the Prophets, He [c]expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and (P)He [d]indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But (Q)they constrained Him, saying, (R)“Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as (S)He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and (T)has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was [e]known to them in the breaking of bread.

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  1. Luke 24:13 Lit. 60 stadia
  2. Luke 24:17 NU walk? And they stood still, looking sad.
  3. Luke 24:27 explained
  4. Luke 24:28 acted as if
  5. Luke 24:35 recognized

26 (A)Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His (B)glory?” 27 And beginning at (C)Moses and (D)all the Prophets, He [a]expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and (E)He [b]indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But (F)they constrained Him, saying, (G)“Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as (H)He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and (I)has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was [c]known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples(J)

36 (K)Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen (L)a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. (M)Handle Me and see, for a (N)spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 [d]When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe (O)for joy, and marveled, He said to them, (P)“Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish [e]and some honeycomb. 43 (Q)And He took it and ate in their presence.

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, (R)“These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And (S)He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, (T)“Thus it is written, [f]and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and (U)remission of sins should be preached in His name (V)to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And (W)you are witnesses of these things. 49 (X)Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city [g]of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

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  1. Luke 24:27 explained
  2. Luke 24:28 acted as if
  3. Luke 24:35 recognized
  4. Luke 24:40 Some printed New Testaments omit v. 40. It is found in nearly all Gr. mss.
  5. Luke 24:42 NU omits and some honeycomb
  6. Luke 24:46 NU that the Christ should suffer and rise
  7. Luke 24:49 NU omits of Jerusalem

15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between (A)your seed and (B)her Seed;
(C)He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

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The Coming Messiah

“But you, (A)Bethlehem (B)Ephrathah,
Though you are little (C)among the (D)thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be (E)Ruler in Israel,
(F)Whose goings forth are from of old,
From [a]everlasting.”

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  1. Micah 5:2 Lit. the days of eternity

11 (A)He came to His [a]own, and His [b]own did not receive Him.

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  1. John 1:11 His own things or domain
  2. John 1:11 His own people

The Shepherd Savior

“Awake, O sword, against (A)My Shepherd,
Against the Man (B)who is My Companion,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
(C)“Strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered;
Then I will turn My hand against (D)the little ones.

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