An angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today.”
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The Christmas story – The birth of Jesus Christ, is an ancient story. Full of mystery and miracles, combined with intrigue – and even, a few scandals. Let’s journey together through the Christmas story, to reveal the unstoppable love of the God of the universe, for all of humanity.
Now, this is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah, came about. God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph.
The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel greeted her and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Son of the Most High God will rule forever over His people. That kingdom will never end.”
“How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. ”
“I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.
Mary became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Her husband, Joseph, was faithful to the law. But he did not want to put her to shame in public. So he planned to divorce her quietly.
But an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, don’t be afraid to take Mary home as your wife. The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit. She is going to have a son. You must give Him the name Jesus. That’s because He will save His people from their sins.”
Joseph woke up. He did what the angel of the Lord commanded him to do. He took Mary home as his wife. But he did not sleep with her until she gave birth.
Please make your way to SCENE 2 for the next part in the story.
Jesus is Born
In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone went to their own town to be listed.
So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby.
While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. They called him Jesus. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. That’s because there was no guest room where they could stay.
When you’re ready, head over to SCENE 3 for the next part of the story.
Shepherds & Angels
Meanwhile, there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were taking care of their sheep.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,
“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!
And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”
The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby.
When you’re ready, make your way to SCENE 4 for the next part of the story.
Wise Men Visit
After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. “In Bethlehem, in Judea,” they replied.
Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”
After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house.
There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So, they returned to their country on a different road.
Before you go, head over to SCENE 5 for a Christmas Eve invitation.