Happy Merry Christmas – Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now section of Israel ), God sent the angel Gabriel to some young woman who lived inside the northern town of Nazareth. The girl’s name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph.
The angel Gabriel said to Mary : ‘Peace be along with you ! God has blessed you and it is pleased along with you. ‘ Mary was very surprised by this and wondered just what the angel meant. The angel said to her ‘Don’t be scared, God is very kind for you. You‘ll become pregnant from the Holy Spirit and provide birth to some baby boy and you‘ll call him Jesus. He will certainly be God’s own Son and his kingdom can never end. ‘ Mary was very afraid but she trusted God. ‘Let it happen as God chooses. ‘ she replied towards the angel. Gabriel also told Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth who everyone thought was too old to possess children, would possess a baby boy whom God had chosen to ready the way in which for Jesus.
Mary said goodbye to her friends or family and visited visit her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. Elizabeth was very happy to discover Mary. She knew that Mary were chosen by God as being mother of his Son. An angel had already told Zechariah that Elizabeth’s baby would prepare others to welcome Jesus. He was to become called John. Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months after which returned home to Nazareth.
Joseph was worried when he found out that Mary was expecting a baby before their marriage had taken place. He wondered if he should put from the wedding altogether. Then an angel seemed to Joseph inside a dream and said : ‘Don’t be scared to possess Mary when your wife. ‘ The angel explained that Mary were chosen by God as being mother of his Son and told Joseph the baby could be named Jesus which suggests ‘Saviour’ because he would save people. When Joseph woke up, he did just what the angel had told him to carry out and took Mary as his wife.
At the moment, the land where Mary and Joseph lived was section of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Augustus wanted to possess a listing of all the folks inside the empire, to ensure they paid their taxes. He ordered everyone to go back to the town where their families originally came from, and enter their names inside a register (or census ) there. Mary and Joseph traveled quite a distance (about 70 miles ) from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because that‘s where Joseph’s family came from. The majority of folks walked but some lucky people experienced a donkey to assist carry the goods needed to the journey. Joseph and Mary traveled very slowly because Mary’s baby was because of be born soon.
Once they reached Bethlehem That They‘d problems finding somewhere to remain. So some people had arrived at register their names inside the census, that each house was full and each bed was given all the guest rooms. The only real place to remain that they might find was using the animals. People often kept animals inside the house, especially through the night, and used them like ‘central heating’ ! People normally slept on the raised / upper level using the animals below to provide them extra warmth.
So inside the place in which the animals slept, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God.
In those days it was eventually the custom to wrap newborn babies tightly inside a long cloth called ‘swaddling clothes’. Jesus’ bed was the manger the animals ate their hay from.
Inside the hills and fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their sheep with the long night. Like the new day began, suddenly an angel appeared before them and also the glory of God shone at large. The shepherds were very, very scared, however the angel said, ‘Don’t be scared. I‘ve excellent news for you personally and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour is born for you personally. You will see the baby lying inside a manger. ‘agen togel‘.
Then many more angels appeared, lighting in the sky. The shepherds heard them praising God singing : ‘Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on this planet. ‘ Once the angels had gone the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s attend Bethlehem to discover what has happened. ‘ Therefore the shepherds visited Bethlehem and located Mary and Joseph. The baby Jesus was lying inside a manger as That They‘d been told. Once they saw him, they told everyone just what the angel had said and everyone who heard the storyline were astonished. Probably the shepherds returned on their sheep, praising God for sending his Son to become their Saviour.
When Jesus was born, a new bright star appeared in sky. Some Wise Men in faraway countries saw the star and guessed actually meant. They had been very clever men that studied the stars and had read in very old writings that a brand new star would appear when an excellent king was born. They began to locate the new king and convey him gifts.
The Wise Men followed the star in the direction of the country of Judea and once they need to the capital called Jerusalem they began to question people : ‘Where is that the child that is born to become king from the Jews? ‘ Herod, the king of Judea, heard this and it also made him very angry to believe that someone could be visiting take his place as king. Herod sent to the Wise Men to arrived at him. He told them to reach on following the star until That They‘d found the baby king. He said : ‘When you‘ve found him, let me know where He‘s, to ensure that I will go and worship him. ‘. But Herod Didn‘t let them know that he really had an evil plan on your mind to kill the new king.
The Wise Men followed the star towards Bethlehem (where it said the king could be born inside the old writings ). It seemed to prevent and shine directly down upon the place where Jesus was.
The Wise Men entered the house where some are currently lived and located Jesus with Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him. The Wise Men spread the the gifts That They‘d brought before Jesus. The gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Wise Men were warned inside a dream, by God, to not go to Herod. So that they returned home on their countries inside the East by an alternative way.
Once the Wise Men had gone, an angel seemed to Joseph inside a dream. ‘Get up, ‘ the angel said, ‘take Jesus and Mary and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I inform you, for Herod will certainly look for Jesus to kill him. ‘ So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary throughout the night they left for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod died.
When Herod realized that he were tricked from the Wise Men, he was furious and he gave orders to kill all of the boys aged two or younger in Bethlehem and the encompassing area. It was to undertake and kill the new King, as his plan to locate the location from the new king coming from the Wise Men had failed.
After Herod had died, Joseph had another dream during which an angel seemed to him. The angel said, ‘Get up, take Jesus and Mary and go to Israel, for people who were trying kill Jesus are dead. ‘
So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary and that they went to Israel. However when he heard that Herod’s son was now king of Judea, he was afraid to reach there. So instead they visited Galilee, and lived with their old town of Nazareth.