The Story Of Jesus's Birth
God sent the angel Gabriel to visit Mary in the city of Nazareth in Galilee. Mary was a young woman who was engaged to marry Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth.
An angel spoke to Mary and told her, “The Lord is with you, and you are greatly favored.” Mary was troubled. She did not know what he angel meant. Then he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have favor with God. You will have a son and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great. He will be a king who will rule forever.”
The angel of the Lord told Joseph, too, about the coming of Jesus. He said, “Mary will have a son, and you shall call his name Jesus: for he will be an example to all his people. How glad Joseph must have been to know the Savior was to be born! He and Mary eagerly awaited the coming of the baby Jesus.
Before Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem. Since many people were travelling to Bethlehem as required for the census, Mary and Joseph could not find a hotel room. They could not find a room to stay anywhere. Finally, a kind innkeeper offered them his barn so they would not have to stay out in the cold. This barn had hay for them to lay on and keep warm and it had many animals living in the barn. It was here that Jesus was going to be born.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace good will toward men. (- Linus Van Pelt from A Charlie Brown Christmas)
And it came to pass that the shepherds said one to another: “Let us now go unto Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has made known unto us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made it known among the people saying what was told concerning the child. And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Now three wise men departed to meet the child and lo, the star which they had seen in the east went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they came into the barn, they saw the young child with Mary, His mother, and they presented unto Him gifts, gold, and frankincense and myrrh.