Life in the Middle

Just have Faith †

CHRISTmas

on February 1, 2016

Hi, this is Faith!!!

I know it’s a little late but I’m going to tell you a story, a story about Jesus. I’m sure you’re probably wondering who Jesus is. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. If you want to read about it right from the book then here are some links: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1%3A26-38&version=NIVhttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1%3A18-25&version=NIV , https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2%3A1-12&version=NIVhttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2%3A1-20&version=NIV.

But otherwise I will tell it.

A long time ago in Nazareth there was a young woman named Mary and a man named Joseph. Now Mary and Joseph were engaged to be married. One day an angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and his name was Gabriel. The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Greetings you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” Now Mary was deeply troubled but the angel Gabriel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. ”

“How can this be? Since I am a virgin?” Mary asked Gabriel.

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will bear a Son. So he will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Gabriel answered.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel Gabriel left her.

When Joseph found out that Mary was expecting a child he was upset because he had not yet married her and he thought she loved another man so he made up his mind to end their engagement. But one night an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke he remembered what the angel had told him and he took her to be his wife.

Now, in those days there was a man ruling them named Caesar Augustus and he wanted to be able to make sure that everyone in the Roman world was paying their taxes. To do this Caesar had everyone go to their hometowns to be counted. Since Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph she went with Joseph to his hometown which was Bethlehem. When they arrived there they looked everywhere but they could not find a place to stay because Caesar had sent everyone to their hometowns. Joseph knocked on the door of an inn looking for a place to stay and the innkeeper said that there was no more room but they did have a stable where they could sleep with the animals. Since they had no other place to go and they were tired from their long journey on foot they accepted the innkeeper’s offer. A little while later Mary gave birth to a Son and they named Him Jesus and they wrapped Him in swaddling-clothes and lay Him in a manger.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and 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, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:8 -20)

Far away in the East, Wise Men saw a star shining high in the sky and they knew this was a very special star. The Wise Men knew that the birth of Jesus had been prophesied and so they knew that this must be the star that was prophesied about so they decided to follow the star. They went to Jerusalem to see King Herod. They asked to see the child that would be the King of the Jews. King Herod didn’t want anyone to take away his throne so he said, “I do not know where this child is, but go and find Him so that I too may worship Him.” King Herod wasn’t really planning to worship Him, what King Herod was really planning to do was to kill Jesus because he did not want Jesus to take away his throne. When the Wise Men (or kings as they were also called) found Jesus they gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But when the Kings went to go back an angel of God warned them not to go back because King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. So the Wise Men went a different route in order to avoid going back to King Herod. Later in, a dream an angel came to Joseph and told him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt because King Herod had ordered that Jesus be killed. So Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt and after King Herod had died they went back. That is why we celebrate Christmas; because that was the day our Savior, Christ, was born. And that is what puts the Christ in Christmas.

I hoped you enjoyed learning about Christmas!

Faith ❤ ☺†

 

 

 

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