The story begins with a young Jewish woman named Mary, who was engaged to a man named Joseph. The angel Gabriel visited Mary, and told her she would have a son named Jesus. God used his power – his Holy Spirit – to cause Mary to have a baby by a miracle.
Understandably, Joseph did not know what to make of this news. An angel visited Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to make Mary his wife (Matthew 1:20,21).
The angel said that God’s son, Jesus, would one day save all people from their sins (Luke 2:10). Around that time, the Roman emperor ordered that everyone had to go back to their hometowns in order to be counted for a record of the population. Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem. While they were there, the time came for Jesus to be born. The Bible says that Mary wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, or feeding trough, because there was no guest room available for them.
During this time, an angel appeared to some shepherds who were watching their flocks of sheep nearby. Luke (2:10-12) (NASB) says, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
This was Jesus, who would be a king and savior of the world.
Sometime later, wise men from a far Eastern country saw a star, and it guided them to a house – probably in Nazareth – where Jesus and his parents were.
The wise men worshipped Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Even if Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, thinking about his birth and his entrance to the world is something worth celebrating because of the gift he has given mankind.
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