Luke 1:31 is not so much a Scripture on the Birth of Jesus, but rather a Scripture about His conception.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.
A few verses later, in Luke 1:35, the angel says that Mary will miraculously conceive by the Holy Spirit. Just as God created the universe and all that dwell within it, so also God stepped down into His creation, into one young girl who lived within it, so that He might dwell among us.
The angel also tells Mary that she will give birth to a Son, and that when He is born, He should be named “Jesus.” Jesus is the English for of the Greek Iesus, which in turn, is a translation from the Hebrew Yeshua. Yeshua, or Joshua, means “The LORD Saves.”
By telling Mary to name her son Jesus, God was indicating what type of life and ministry He would have. Just as Joshua delivered the land of Israel to the Israelites after the death of Moses, and helped them defeat their enemies in the land, so also Jesus would deliver the people from their captors as well.
At that time, the Jewish people thought that their captors were the Romans, and when Jesus began His ministry, they looked to Him to deliver them from Roman occupation. But Jesus made it clear through His teaching and miracles that the Romans were not the enemies and He had no intention of throwing off their rule. Who was the true enemy?
Sin and death are the real enemies, and through His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated both and provided salvation for all. Jesus’ name is true: The Lord Saves!
Scriptural Books on the Birth of Jesus
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of Jesus' birth. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.