Pastor Ron Roddey
"Leading Up To Jesus' Birth (Wednesday Night Study)"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Luke Chapter 1
1:5 THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest
named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they
both were now well stricken in years.
1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office
before God in the order of his course,
1:9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn
incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the
time of incense.
1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the
right side of the altar of incense.
1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon
1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is
heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call
his name John.
1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his
1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink
neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy
Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their
1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to
turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to
the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I
am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in
the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee
these glad tidings.
1:20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the
day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my
words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
1:21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried
so long in the temple.
1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they
perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto
them, and remained speechless.
1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration
were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself
five months, saying,
1:25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on
me, to take away my reproach among men.
1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a
city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house
of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art
highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in
her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found
favour with God.
1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a
son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and
the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his
kingdom there shall be no end.
1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not
1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore
also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son
1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in
her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called
1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me
according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
1:39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with
haste, into a city of Juda;
1:40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of
Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the
1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou
among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
1:43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to
1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine
ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
Matthew Chapter 1
1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the
son of Abraham.
1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas
and his brethren;
1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom;
and Esrom begat Aram;
1:4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson
1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and
Obed begat Jesse;
1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of
her that had been the wife of Urias;
1:7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat
1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat
1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat
1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they
were carried away to Babylon:
1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel;
and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim
1:14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
1:15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan
1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus,
who is called Christ.
John Chapter 1
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made
that was made.
1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it
1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all
men through him might believe.
1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into
1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world
knew him not.
1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the
sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of
the will of man, but of God.
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I
spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before
1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is
in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and
Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the
1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am
not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer
to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make
straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if
thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there
standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's
latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was
1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.