There is a lot of information in the Bible about the events of Jesus’ birth. From prophecy throughout the Old Testament to the historical records of the Gospel accounts we read about the significant events surrounding the birth of our Lord. So what’s the timeline and chronology of events?
Let’s keep it simple – A Chronology and Timeline of the Events of Jesus’ birth
- In Jerusalem, an angel told Zechariah that he and Elizabeth would have a child — John the Baptist. Luke 1:5–25
- In Nazareth, an angel told Mary that she would give birth to a child who would save His people. Luke 1:26–38
- Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth in Judea. Luke 1:39–56
- John the Baptist was born in Judea. Luke 1:57–80
- In Nazareth, the angel Gabriel told Joseph to take Mary as his wife, for that which was conceived in her was of the Holy Ghost. Matthew. 1:18–25
- Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Luke 2:1–21
- In Jerusalem, at least 40 days after His birth, Jesus was dedicated at the temple. Luke 2:22–38
- In Bethlehem, Magi from the east visited Jesus and brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew. 2:1–12
- God warned the Magi not to return to Herod to tell Him where the King of the Jews was born. Matthew 2:12
- An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt so Herod could not kill Him. Matthew 2:13-14
- When the Magi did not return to Herod in Jerusalem, Herod issued a decree that all children in Bethlehem, two and under, be killed. Matthew 2:16
- After Herod’s death, an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph and told him to take Jesus and Mary back to Israel. Matthew 2:19-21
- Joseph was warned by God in a dream not to go to Judea, so they went Nazareth of Galilee. Matthew 2:22-23
- In Nazareth, Jesus “grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:40
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