...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14. The Son of God was born in Bethlehem, lived in Nazareth, preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of the Lord in Judea and Samaria to Jews and Gentiles, was crucified in Jerusalem where He resurrected, and He will return to Zion at the end of times to gather His Church and establish the Eternal Kingdom that He preached. The Gospel in Christmas links the announcement of the birth of the Son of God made man with his death, since He was born to die for us, but for glory in resurrection, our salvation and ascension back to His Heavenly Throne from where He will return. Jesus of Nazareth would be the name by which the Lord would be known amongst the first Christians at the beginning of the Great Commission. We can see this throughout the book of Acts of the Apostles.


...For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice...John 18:37. Will you hear His voice today?

Nazareth is located between two relevant mounts: Carmel to the west and Tabor to the east. The events that happen in these two mounts have a prophetic relevance in the meaning of the Lord's ministry, since those events are part of the character of the Messiah. If we remember the Texts in 1Kings 18:20, Mount Carmel is where the prophet Elijah executed the four-hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, which is the equivalent to the fall of Babylon, the false religion and the antichrist society when one gets to know the Lord and the Bible and comes out of all that false doctrine and tradition against the Lord. Mount Tabor is where the victory against the canaanites takes place, led by Barak, in times of Deborah, Judges 4. ... The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name. Psalm 89:12. In one of these mounts is where the Transfiguration happened; some historians identify it in Hermon and others in Tabor.

Nazareth, in the spiritual and allegorical level includes all of us in our life. It represents every city, town, village where there is a person who receives the Lord along their life. Just like Jesus, the spiritual maturity of a disciple of the Master is Nazareth. It represents the state that we, disciples of Jesus Christ, are in whilst our growth and training has not been completed to accomplish the ministry that the Lord has entrusted us with. Let us remember that Jesus started His ministry after being baptized by John in the Jordan, once He had left Nazareth, and His ministry lasted for 3.5 years until the Cross. When we are ready to definitely serve the Lord, ready to give up our previous life, is when we leave Nazareth.

The title of Jesus of Nazareth would be so relevant for the Lord that it became his identification in the cause of His crucifiction, written on the sign of the Cross of Pontius Pilate: Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm. The epic film "Jesus of Nazareth" by Franco Zefirelli, with Robert Powell in the leading role, will remain in history as the film about Jesus Christ par excellence; there are many others but this film is undoubtedly the most excellent work about His ministry, Gospel and Christmas.

We celebrate Christmas with special presents and meals, but what we should celebrate in Christmas is Christ's death, just like we should do throughout the year, since Holy Supper is what we will have with the Lord when He comes in His Kingdom, and this is what He asked us to celebrate in His remembrance. Therefore, while the Lord shares with us this Christmas tradition which touches the heart of so many millions of believers in the world, let us take advantage and bring the Gospel of the Kingdom of the Lord through the message of Christmas, in a humble way, like He gave us the example being born in a manger. Pray for this work of bringing the Gospel, since whoever does not receive Jesus Christ remains under God's wrath, and God loves us in such a way that He will spare no effort to use His judgments to soften the heart of those who do not believe to make them receive Christmas in their hearts, and this work often begins through preaching to those who reject Christ - an experience which those of us who have been evangelizing for years have seen too many times in this world that is close to its final days. If they receive Christ, they will start a new life of blessing, but if they reject Him, a battle for their souls begins, a battle to death, eternal death. It is worth fighting for love for our neighbour because when those who have rejected the Lord actually convert, there is greater joy. Following are some helpful notes and selected Bible Texts for you to share with your neighbour. May God Bless and anoint you sending you on the Great Commission this Christmas.




...26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1.



39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. Luke 2.

Jesus would live in Nazareth with His official father, Joseph of Nazareth, from whom He would learn to be a carpenter, going round the villages in Samaria and Judea working and fixing houses and furniture. The Carpenter is a bible study that shows us the spiritual and symbolic virtues of this profession chosen by the Father so that Jesus of Nazareth would learn the virtues of the wood to work the log, the Cross of Calvary.



9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mark 1.



19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2.

The name and the history of Nazareth or Netzer would have the relevance that the prophecies would grant Galilee of the Gentiles, where the Messiah was to come from. It is absolutely essential for the Jewish people to know that the Messiah was from Nazareth, as it is stated in the Bible prophecy. However, if we try to look for the prophecy in the O.T. it does not exist as such and we have to go deep into hebrew knowledge. Does this mean that Matthew is wrong? I immediately started looking for the origin and the history of the name of Nazareth and therein was the key. The word netzer in hebrew is the same root as Netzeret. Netzer or neser means branch and the prophecy in Isaiah 11:1 says: ...And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord... and if we continue reading, we find the whole description of the Messiah and most of the prophecy about Him. What Matthew does, whilst addresing the Jewish people specially, is to relate to the Messiah calling Him nazarene, or inhabitant of Netzer or coming from the branch or netzer.

As always, the Bible answers itself, therefore every time you do not understand something, or you do not find the reply, continue studying because you will find it. The Bible is Word of God in its original Texts, the issue is that many times we make the questions according to our mind, the time we live in and our knowledge, this is why we make the mistake, since the Lord is the source of holy knowledge. Nazareth, in Jesus' times, was a small village of no relevance, which is why Nathanael said:
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46. Jews who want to look for excuses not to receive Jesus, Yahshua, as the Messiah use this prophecy to say that He was that branch, but with derogatory connotations and linking Him to negative characters, therefore they have no excuse. However, the deeper they go into this, the more details they find about the election of Nazareth. Nazareth exists since year 900 b.C. and would be re-established again after the deportation to Babylon around year 200 b.C. The Lord, in His humbleness, lived in what was possibly the most humble village in the whole area, rejecting the riches of the world, as He would later teach.



16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:  18 “ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4.


4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. Acts 3.



6 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8 So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid,[a] but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. 10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ 11 And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. Acts 22.



“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 from Isaiah 7:14.

But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel. Matthew 2:6 from Micah 5:2.

A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more. Matthew 2:18 from Jeremiah 31:15 about the slaughter of the martyr children of Jesus.

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! ... The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight. Matthew 3:2-3 from Daniel 2:44 and Isaiah 40:3.

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, which is Yahshua. Yah is the root of the name of God, and Shua is Yah's Salvation. Emmanuel "God with us" was Jesus Christ who was coming to the world. God's Salvation amongst us, like the angel of the Lord had announced: Yah-Shua, Son of, coming from Yah.Weh. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Baruj Haba BeShem Adonai.

And when the days of their purification, according to the law of Moses, were completed, i.e.: forty days later, they went from Bethlehem to the temple, to present their firstborn. In the Temple they meet Simeon, who was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Anointed One. Anna, the prophetess was also there, who spoke of the child to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Bethlehem is very close to Jerusalem, about 8 km, therefore they could go to the Temple and back the same day.

The following event was that the angel warned Joseph again to leave for Egypt in order to avoid Herod's persecution, until his death. While they were in Egypt, the angel instructed Joseph again to return, without going through Jerusalem, but returning to their residence, Galilee, to Nazareth, because the prophecy says that the Messiah would be in Galilee of the Gentiles, which is the land of Zabulun, next to the land of Naphtali, and between them is Nazareth, thus He would be called a Nazarene. The trip to Egypt fulfills another prophecy in Hosea 11:1.

This is the prophetic journey of Jesus, Yahshua, as a child. They left Nazareth for Bethlehem, where He was born according to the prophecy, they went to the Temple in Jerusalem, as established in the Law, then to Egypt to preserve His life, and they returned to Nazareth where they would live and then went back to Jerusalem to die on the Cross and resurrect, and where He will return in Mount Zion. The prophetic journey starts in Christmas, in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. It was all written in the Bible, God's prophetic word.



Christmas is the start of God's work of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, Yahshua. Christmas is a call for the Church as a whole, and every Christian in particular, specifically, even though every day of the year we also carry the message of the "Glad Tidings of great joy" as the angel said, of the birth of the Son of God and His work of eternal salvation so that everyone who believes in Him can live in the paradise of His Eternal Kingdom. Christmas has consolidated as the feast where we traditionally celebrate the birth of the Lord, but additionally we must understand that Christmas is the day when Jesus Christ, Yahshua, is born in our heart through faith, by the work of the Holy Spirit through the love from the Father making us be born again (John 3:3) for God's Kingdom. This is the Christmas we should try to preach every day in our lives, asking all of those around us: Do you know the Lord? and then share the Gospel of the Kingdom of the Lord.

The following Bible Texts summarise the work of the Lord and its repercussion on us, which we must announce to our neighbour so that they may also, through faith, enter the Door that gives access to the Kingdom of the Lord. ...I am the door...Jesus of Nazareth.

...For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice... John 18:37. Will you hear His voice today?

...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly... John 10:10. Yahshua, Jesus Christ, already existed before creation because it was Him Who created the Universe and heaven, the eternal region (Colossians 1:16-19), but He came so we may have abundant spiritual life and eternal life when He comes.

...For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them... Paul's letter to the Ephesians 2:8-10.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14.

...For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all. Paul's first letter to Timothy 2:5.

Resurrection is coming. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. Revelation 1:7.




Happy Christmas because our Lord has sent His Son made man and has come from his eternal Kingdom to our finite world to save us from sin and death, so we may be allowed to enter the Kingdom of the Lord for Eternity through the faith in His work, if we receive Jesus Christ in our heart, the child who fulfilled the prophecy: ... For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace... Isaiah 9:6.

Whoever believes in the work of the Son of God on the Cross and lives sharing God's love and keeps His Word will enter Paradise, the Lord's Kingdom: ... But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name ... John 1:12. A child of God is made by faith, must be born again from the Spirit with a new heart given by God, making us new creatures, as Jesus Christ confirms: ... Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3. Because: ... For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life ... John 3:16.

Jesus Christ came to the world because of His love for us: ... Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father. John 10.

It is Christmas, God loves you; this is the best gift ever. Happy Christmas to everybody in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, who was born to die for us resurrecting us for eternal life. Emmanuel "God with us" - Jesus Christ - Yahshua "Yah's Salvation". Happy Christmas! Hallelu-Yah! The Lord is coming. Maranatha!

© Carlos Padilla, Christmas 2009



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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