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The Nativity of Jesus

 

Based on Luke 2:1-21

 

Shortly before Jesus was born, Caesar demanded everyone enroll in a census. All the people went to be enrolled, each to their own hometown.  Joseph went to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David. Mary, who was with child came with him. While they were there, it was time for Mary to have her child. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  

Shepherds were watching their sheep in the area that night. Suddenly an angel appeared to them in bright light. The shepherds were afraid.

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people,” the Angel said. “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly many angels joined them, praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they told Mary and Joseph what the angel told them. All who heard it were amazed by what they heard.  Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned back to their fields, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

After eight days, the baby was circumcised and He was named Jesus, the name given to him by the angel before he was conceived by Mary.