The Christmas Story

Now, many of you have probably heard the christmas story, Twas the Night before christmas. But, this christmas story is very different from Twas the Night before christmas.  And, much more important!

                                                       Read Luke 1: 5-80   

This passage tells about how Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin was to have a baby in her old age. He would prepare the way for Jesus.

It also talks about how the angel Gabriel came to Mary, a young virgin. Back then, girls would marry as young as 13 or 14. So, Mary was probably around 16, 17, 18 etc.  Wouldn’t you be surprised if an angel appeared to you, and said right there and then, “You will bring forth a child and you will call his name Jesus!” Think of how Mary must have felt. “What would Joseph think?”

Joseph believed Mary had gone with another man, so he planned to divorce her privately. Because, in this time period, when a man divorced a woman, the woman’s family was shamed, and herself, as well. But, Joseph didn’t want to shame Mary and her family.

But, then an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph telling him, that the child was from the Holy Spirit. And, his name will be called Jesus. Emmanuel, which means God with us. So, Joseph took Mary as his wife.

Then Mary went to Elizabeth’s house for 3 months. Elizabeth’s baby, John the Baptist, leapt in her stomach, because Jesus entered the room. After Mary had left, Elizabeth had a son. She said his name would be John. But, all of her family said “No! There is no one in your family named John.” But, since Zachariah hadn’t believed that Elizabeth would have a son, the Lord made him unable to speak. (this was at the temple, a few months before.) So, they gave Zachariah a tablet telling him to write down the child’s name. He wrote John, just as the Lord had commanded.

                                    Now, read Luke 2:1-40   

This tells us how Caesar Augustus made a degree that everyone should be taxed, but, they had to go to their own city. So, Joseph took Mary, and, they went from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the city of David.

While they were there the time came for the baby to be born. Mary and Joseph tried to find an inn that wasn’t full up. They couldn’t find one. But, one innkeeper said that they could stay in his stable. Which, was filled with animals.

So Mary brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

There were some shepherds abiding in their field, at night. And the angel of the Lord 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. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath 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 known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

                                Read, Matthew 2:1-12  

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,  “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the [b]Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written [c]by the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
For out of you shall come forth a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them [d]the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they [e]fell to the ground andworshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

                                        Finally, read Matthew 2:13-23

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”

14 So [f]Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He [gremained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. 17 Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children;
And she refused to be comforted,
Because they were no more.”

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, 20 “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” 21 So[h]Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, 23 and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

So, this is the christmas story. The REAL, TRUE, Christmas story.

And, it’s all about JESUS! 

Merry CHRISTmas! ~ cupcakegirl1o