Jesus Birth – The Story
What is the story of Jesus’ birth? It is sometimes referred to the nativity or the Christmas story.
Jesus came to earth as a baby, being born of the virgin Mary in a Bethlehem stable. The angels announced Jesus’ birth and the shepherds came to worship Him. When they had seen Jesus, they spread the word concerning all the things they had seen.
Jesus Birth – The Biblical Account
You can read the words that describe Jesus’ birth in the Bible:
Luke 2:1-20 says, “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
“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 the town of David a Savior 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 favor 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.”
Jesus Birth – The Significance
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What is the significance of Jesus’ birth? Does it matter that Jesus came to earth? His purpose in leaving heaven has everything to do with you. His ultimate purpose was to die for you -- your sins past, present, and future.
The celebration of Jesus’ birth is the perfect gift given to you. It is the gift of God to pay the only perfect penalty in order that we may live forever with Him.
Has Jesus’ birth and death impacted you? He wants to be a part of your day-to-day life. Will you let Him?
Jesus Birth: Key References to Explore
- Luke 2:1-20
- Matthew 1-2