Bible Study for Muslims
Christmas Story - Day 1
Bible Study: The Birth of Jesus
Christmas has become a commercial holiday in many countries, celebrated with lights and banquets and gifts. But the true Christmas story is far more exciting – worth celebrating in every home!
The Bible tells the story. As a Muslim, you may wonder if you can trust the Bible. But the Qur’an says the Bible is mankind’s guide (Surah 3:3). Read the true Christmas story:
“Now the birth of [Isa] Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ which means, God with us” (Matthew 1:18-23).
Christmas celebrates the unique birth of Jesus. Even the meaning of His name, “God with us,” shows that He came to give us a relationship with God. The next five days, discover how the true story of Isa’s birth may give you a relationship with God !
Day 1: Who was Jesus’ father?
Jesus was unlike any other baby ever born because He had no earthly father. The passage specifically denies that Joseph was the birth father, although he did later marry the virgin Mary. So who is the father of Jesus? The Injeel [Gospel] explains that at Isa’s birth, the angel Gabriel told the virgin Mary,
“‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’
“And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God’” (Luke 1:26-35).
Be assured, the Bible does not teach a parental relationship between God and Mary. That idea is as blasphemous to Christians as it is to Muslims. Rather, the concept demonstrates how Jesus is from God and shares God’s nature of deity.
When Jesus was 12 years old, He had already recognized His relationship with God. One day, His parents couldn’t find him anywhere. Finally, they found Him in the temple (the place of worship), amazing the teachers with His wisdom. When His parents chided Jesus for causing such a stir, He replied, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (Luke 2:49b).
Therefore, God is called Isa’s Father:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
If you reject God’s Son, you will be condemned to hell. Jesus was born to save those who believe in Him. Find out tomorrow how Isa’s birthplace was predicted centuries before His birth!
Day 2 - Where was Jesus born?
Day 3 - Why was Jesus born?
Day 4 - Do Christians worship Mary?
Day 5 - Did Jesus, the Messiah, come to save the Jews only?
Bible Study for Muslims - Christmas Story - Day 1