This weekend, it’s Christmas, Jesus’s birthday. In today’s world, the meaning of Christmas has gotten lost and turned into a secular holiday. We as Christians know the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.
Below, we will take a moment to go over the amazing story that is the Christmas story and how Jesus’s birth is truly a miracle Christians will never forget.
This story begins with an Angel named Gabriel appearing to a young woman named Mary who lived in the town of Nazareth. “Peace be with you, God is with you and is pleased with your works,” the angel said.
“Do not be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy who will be called Jesus. He will be God’s son and his kingdom shall never end,” the angel continued.
Mary was scared, but she trusted and believed in the word of God. “Let it happen as God chooses,” she replied faithfully to the angel. Gabriel also informed Mary that her cousin Elizabeth who was thought to be too old to bear children was also with child.
God had chosen Elizabeth’s baby boy to help prepare the way for Jesus.
Mary and Joseph, who was Mary’s husband lived in an area that was controlled by the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Agustus had sent out a decree that everyone had to return to the towns where their families originated from in order for him to take a census.
Mary and Joseph traveled a long way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Joseph’s family came from. They were unable to find somewhere to stay due to so many people traveling to register for the census. Every home and bed was full, and Mary was already in the process of giving birth to baby Jesus.
Finally, Mary and Joseph found a place to stay and prepare for Jesus’s birth among many animals. It was custom to wrap newborn babies tightly in swaddling cloths, so when Jesus was born he was swaddled tightly and placed in a manger where animals commonly ate their hay from.
Guests Who Came to See Jesus
After Jesus’s birth, a bright star lit up the sky above their resting place. A group of shepherds and wise men traveled and followed the star to where Jesus laid his head. They praised and worshipped him.
The wise men spread gifts before our king, and from that day on Jesus was known as “the King of the Jews.”
It is important to know and share the story of Jesus’s birth. It is not uncommon for us as Christians to only bring up this story around Christmas time. We challenge you to remember this story for the remainder of this year and to carry it with you in the new year ahead.
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