In the town of Nazareth, a young woman named Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph.
Suddenly, Mary’s life was turned upside down!
An angel came to Mary from God and said: “Mary, do not be afraid! You have been chosen by God, to give birth to a son. His name will be Jesus.”
26 Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 Having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, you highly favoured one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you amongst women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered what kind of salutation this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and shall name him ‘Jesus.’ 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. There will be no end to his Kingdom.”
“I am not married! That can’t be right?” Mary questioned.
“The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and this baby will be God’s own Son. Nothing is impossible for God,” the angel said.
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the holy one who is born from you will be called the Son of God. 36 Behold, Elizabeth your relative also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing spoken by God is impossible.”
38 Mary said, “Behold, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, he planned to break off their engagement quietly. However God sent an angel to him in a dream.
“Joseph, do not be afraid to get married,” the angel said. “Mary is pregnant because the Holy Spirit has come on her. She will have a baby boy. Call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this: After his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly. 20 But when he thought about these things, behold,‡ an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take to yourself Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She shall give birth to a son. You shall name him Jesus,§ for it is he who shall save his people from their sins.”
Meanwhile, Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the entire Roman Empire.
1 Now in those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
The officials were given their orders and went out immediately to do as Caesar
This meant that everyone had to travel to their
hometown to be counted.
As descendants of King David,
Joseph and Mary travelled to
Bethlehem, even though Mary was pregnant.
3 All went to enrol themselves, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to David’s city, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 to enrol himself with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him as wife, being pregnant.
Bethlehem was full!
There was no room anywhere.
The best the inn keeper could offer was his stable.
While they were in Bethlehem, it was time for Mary to have the baby.
She gave birth to a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in the manger.
6 While they were there, the day had come for her to give birth. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn.
That same night, as some shepherds were out in the fields watching their sheep, an angel suddenly appeared to them.
They were terrified!
“Don’t be afraid”, the angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. Right now, a Saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. You will find him wrapped in a strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, a huge crowd of angels appeared singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours.”
8 There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9 Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10 The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. 11 For there is born to you today, in David’s city, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.” 13 Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
on earth peace, good will towards men.”
The Shepherds looked at each other and said, “What are we waiting for? Let’s go and see what the Lord has revealed to us.”
15 When the angels went away from them into the sky, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
They ran and ran and ran all the
way to Bethlehem.
They found Mary and Joseph with the baby lying in a manger just as the angel had said.
16 They came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the feeding trough.
The shepherds were so excited that they told everyone they saw about the angels and about Jesus.
People were truly amazed at what the shepherds said.
The shepherds went back to their flocks, giving praise to God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
17 When they saw it, they publicised widely the saying which was spoken to them about this child. 18 All who heard it wondered at the things which were spoken to them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told them.
The Birth of Jesus in the bible
The following chapters and verses are where the amazing story of Jesus’ birth takes place. You can read the story, as presented in this book, in the following passages in the bible.
God sends an angel to tell Mary she will have a baby.
God sends and angel to Joseph to confirm that his was indeed God’s Son.
Caesar Augustus orders a census to be taken and each person must return to their home land to be counted.
Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem and Mary gives birth to Jesus there.
Angels visit the shepherds to tell them of the good news and where they can find baby Jesus.