The Christmas reason

Travis Tapley/Statesman Photos

Travis Tapley/Statesman Photos



The New Testament tells the story.

This is the way the birth of Jesus Christ happened. His mother, Mary, was engaged to a man named Joseph, but before they were married, she became pregnant. Joseph, who was a good man and did not want to shame Mary, thought about ending the relationship as quietly as possible.

While he thought about it, an angel of the Lord told him in a dream that it would be all right to go ahead and marry Mary, and that she had not been unfaithful, but that the child that was growing inside her body was put there by the Holy Spirit of God. The angel told Joseph to name this son Jesus because He will save his people from their sins. Joseph went ahead and married Mary but did not sleep with her until after Jesus was born. (from Matthew 1:18-25)

The Shepherds

Joseph went from Galilee, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, with Mary to whom he was engaged, to be taxed. She was far into her pregnancy, and while they were there, her son was born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a feed trough because there was no room for them in the local inn.

Because the town was full of people who had come to Bethlehem to pay their taxes too, places to stay were scarce. There were shepherds living in the fields around Bethlehem and watching their sheep at night.

An angel of the Lord appeared before them, and a bright light shined all around them. They were afraid, and the angel told them not be anxious for, “I bring to you, and to everyone, good tidings of great joy. The child that has been born today in Bethlehem is a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. So you will know the truth of my words, you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a feed trough”.

Suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of other heavenly beings praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men. When the angels had finished their singing, and had disappeared into the night, the shepherds said to each other, let us go to Bethlehem, and see this thing which the an- gels told us about. They did not waste time as they went to find Mary and Joseph in a stable. The newborn baby was resting in a trough where the cattle were fed. When they had seen it for themselves they left and told their story everywhere they went. And all that heard it were thrilled by the story the shepherds had told. Mary knew that she had been a part of something great and made memories of the happenings and thought about them often. (from Luke 2:8-20)

The Wise Men

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, while a man named Herod was the king, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem, and asked where they could find this Jesus that is King of the Jews for we want to worship him. They had seen a star in the east and were following it.

Herod was afraid that Jesus would take his job so he sent the wise men to Bethlehem to find the child for all the wrong reasons. He had hoped that they would tell him about it when they returned.

The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it stopped over the place where Jesus was lying, and when they realized what they had found, they rejoiced with great joy. When they saw Mary and Jesus they got on their knees and worshiped him. They opened the containers where they carried their treasures and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When they had worshiped, they went home a different way so they would not have to tell Herod where they had found Jesus. (from Matthew 2:1-18)

(Story Compiled by My Daddy)



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