Saturday, January 07, 2006

Jesus Is Born- The Nativity

The time for Jesus’ birth was drawing near. The Emperor ordered that all people had to be registered in the town where they were born. Joseph and Mary had to leave Nazareth and go to the city of David called Bethlehem.

Many people had returned to Bethlehem to be registered. All the rooms were taken so Joseph and Mary could not get a room. The only place available was a stable. A stable is a place where animals were kept.

What a glorious night it was for Jesus was born. Mary wrapped Him in soft cloth and laid him in a manger. A manger is a wooden box used for feeding the animals. Mary and Joseph adored this beautiful Child. He was the Son of God who had come to save the world from sin.

The Angels in the heavens rejoiced and a bright star shone over the stable. Nearby in the fields, some shepherds were keeping watch on their flock. An Angel appeared to them to give them the great news. The Savior had been born in Bethlehem. They would find Him in a stable, lying in a manger. A chorus of Angels could be heard singing “Glory to God in the highest Heaven and on earth peace to men of good will.”

The shepherds followed the star and found the baby Jesus just as the Angel had told them. They knelt down in adoration before the Infant King Jesus. How happy and blessed they were to see their Savior!

Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary took Him to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer Him to God. They offered a pair of young pigeons as a sacrifice to God. in the Temple they met an old man. Simeon was his name. God had promised him that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and prayed “You may take me out of this world my God for I have seen the Messiah.”

He turned to Mary and said “Because of this Child a sword of sorrow will pierce your heart.” Mary remembered that her Son would one day die to save the world. She offered Him to God as the Savior of the world.

The birth of the Messiah had been foretold many years before. The wise men knew that there would be a sign, a brilliant star in the sky when the Savior had born. The wise men followed the star which led them to baby Jesus.

The wise men, also called Magi, were kings from far away lands. They bowed down before the Infant King. The wise men came bearing gifts for their Messiah. The gifts ere gold, incense and a type of perfume called myrrh.

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