She gave birth to her firstborn son

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when 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, 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. Luke 2:1-7

I have written on today’s verses a few times during the Christmas season but today I want to take a different slant. Let’s take a look at what it meant to be a first born son. At the time when Jesus was born being a first born son had a very different meaning that what is attached to that birth order today. We do not put the same importance to the sex of the first born. Today girl or boy the first born in most instances is given more responsibility than succeed births. From a male perspective there is a special status to the first son or perhaps any son. First they carry on the family name but I think of more import is that as men we hope that our son will not make the same mistakes we made. That they will do a better job of being a man than we did. We want this for all our children but as Christian men we know how much God asks of us and how far short of that goal we have fallen.

In antiquity, the first born son had a different status altogether. They were to inherit their father’s estate as well as his titles and position in the community. In many societies they were considered to speak for their father and have the authority of their father.  They were to put it bluntly the child that counted. Females could not inherit property and younger males as long as their older brother lived would inherit virtually nothing.

For Jesus though it was the holding of the first born son as the legal equivalent of the father that mattered. God was making a statement when Jesus was the first born of Mary and Joseph. Jesus was the first born in two respects. First and foremost He was the First born Son of God. This was a relational not a positional view of the first born. Jesus, God the Son was in all aspects equal to God, He was God. In Jesus was all the authority of God.

Then there was the earthly human aspect of first born son. Jesus as fully human enjoyed all the privileges and authority of a first born son. Whether we look at Jesus from His humanity or as God He was the first born son. This importance should not get lost because our understanding of the concept of first born son has changed. God with us, fully human and at the same time fully God was first born in all every sense.

On that day over two thousand years ago something unique in human history happened. God chose to live among His creation and in so doing enabled us to have a personal relationship with the God of the universe.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to She gave birth to her firstborn son

  1. Hi David, thank you for sharing this Truth, having a Son does mean carrying on the family name even today. Jesus also had the Fathers Name which was above all Names not meaning the letters or the word which is different depending on your native tongue or language but what Jesus’ Name meant, (Isaiah 9:6-7) it showed His Divinity, His identity with God The Father and with The Holy Spirit as being part of the Godhead or Trinity as They are called today, all are One in the Spirit but yes Their roles are different, The Father being the final and total Authority and it is to be the same in earthly families with the husband and father being in Authority and in Leadership under God.

    1John 5:7 For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost: and these Three are One.

    1 Corinthians 15:27 -28 For He hath put all things under his feet. But when He saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

    Jesus being conceived by The Holy Spirit had God’s seed and so was in the Spirit fully God.

    Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

    Jesus also having the flesh of woman when on the cross He took our sin He became fully man laden with sin which separated Him from God The Father but He was resurrected into new Life and was the firstfruit and so in Him we are resurrected too and Jesus lives His life in us and in our weakness is His strength shown.

    Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who Loved me, and gave Himself for me.

    2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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