Monday, December 19, 2011

The Christmas Story of the Birth of Jesus...

The Virgin Mary lived in the city of Nazareth. One day when she was all alone, Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her, “Don’t be afraid. God has chosen you. You shall have a son, and you shall call him Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the son of God”. Mary was very happy with the news given to her by the angel.
Joseph the carpenter and his wife Mary went on a journey.  When they arrived at Bethlehem in the evening, Joseph wanted to find a comfortable place for his wife Mary who needed to rest and who was awaiting the birth of her promised Son.   The only place they found was a stable with camels, donkeys and sheep.  It was a quite night. Soon after midnight, Jesus was born under the clear sky of Bethlehem.
After His birth, the angels were singing in the sky, which was lit by the light of heaven.  Nearby there was a group of shepherds.  An angel appeared to them and announced to them the birth of Jesus Christ.  The angel said, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you great news.  Today was born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”, and the angel showed the shepherds where the newborn baby was.  The shepherds rushed to the stable to see the newborn baby.  After seeing Him, the shepherds left the stable.   They praised God and told everybody what they saw on this first Christmas morning. 

Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to present baby Jesus to God in the Temple.  As they were there, they were approached by an old man, who was known to be always watching and praying for the coming of the Messiah.  The old man whose name was Simeon,took baby Jesus in his arms.  As he looked at the baby’s face he knew at once that his prayers were answered.  He said, “Oh Lord, my eyes have seen your salvation”.

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