The “Righteous Branch” that Jeremiah said would come was born in Bethlehem—our righteous Savior who gives us His righteousness!

BibleGateway: Luke 2:1-20

ESV Text: Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1–20 (Listen)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when1 Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,2 who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.3

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,


14   “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”4

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Footnotes

[1] 2:2 Or This was the registration before

[2] 2:5 That is, one legally pledged to be married

[3] 2:7 Or guest room

[4] 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

     8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 645:
Behold, a Branch Is Growing

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Behold a branch is growing 
As of loveliest form and grace, 
As prophets sung, foreknowing; 
It springs from Jesse’s race 
And bears one little Flower 
In midst of coldest winter, 
At deepest midnight hour. 

2. Isaiah hath foretold It 
In words of promise sure, 
And Mary’ s arms enfold It, 
A virgin meek and pure. 
Through God’s eternal will 
This Child to her is given 
At midnight calm and still. 

3. The shepherds heard the story, 
Proclaimed by angels bright, 
How Christ, the Lord of Glory, 
Was born on earth this night. 
To Bethlehem they sped 
And in the manger found him, 
As angel heralds said. 

4. This Flower, whose fragrance tender 
With sweetness fills the air, 
Dispels with glorious splendor 
The darkness everywhere. 
True Man, yet very God; 
From sin and death He saves us 
And lightens every load. 

5. O Savior, Child of Mary, 
Who felt our human woe; 
O Savior, King of Glory. 
Who dost our weakness know, 
Bring us at length, we pray. 
To the bright courts of heaven 
And to the endless day. 


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