Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Christmas Story - Jesus is Born

Joseph took Mary to the stable. They took some clean straw and made a bed. They made themselves as comfortable as possible, it was no their home but the great love and goodness that Joseph and Mary had was enough for them.

Mary’s time came and she gave birth to a son whom they would name Jesus, which means that Yahweh saves. This fulfilled all that the angel Gabriel had said to Mary.

Mary wrapped the baby in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, a box where animals are fed. They put fresh hay in the manger and used it as a crib for baby Jesus.

This was not the way the people believed the Messiah would be born. They expected their king to be born in a palace and not in a stable.

Joseph gathered the animals and brought them close around Mary and baby Jesus so that they could provide some warmth during the night. It seemed as if the animals realized what was happening and were praising God.

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