The Christmas Story

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    The Christmas Story - This Bible Story Summary Tells the Christmas Story of the Birth of Jesus


    The Conception of Jesus Foretold
    Mary, a virgin, was living in Galilee of Nazareth and was engaged to be married to Joseph, a Jewish carpenter. An angel visited her and explained to her that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. She would carry and give birth to this child and she would name him Jesus.
    At first Mary was afraid and troubled by the angel's words. Being a virgin, Mary questioned the angel, "How will this be?" The angel explained that the child would be God's own Son and, therefore, "nothing is impossible with God." Humbled and in awe, Mary believed the angel of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Savior.

    Surely Mary reflected with wonder on the words found in Isaiah 7:14 foretelling this event, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV)

    The Birth of Jesus:
    While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, as foretold to her by the angel. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he had every right to feel disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness carried a grave social stigma. Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, under Jewish law she could be put to death by stoning.
    Although Joseph's initial reaction was to break the engagement, the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do, he treated Mary with extreme kindness. He did not want to cause her further shame, so he decided to act quietly. But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to verify Mary's story and reassure him that his marriage to her was God's will. The angel explained that the child within Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus and that he was the Messiah, God with us.

    When Joseph woke from his dream, he willingly obeyed God and took Mary home to be his wife, in spite of the public humiliation he would face. Perhaps this noble quality is one of the reasons God chose him to be the Messiah's earthly father.

    Joseph too must have wondered in awe as he remembered the words found in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV)

    At that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census be taken, and every person in the entire Roman world had to go to his own town to register. Joseph, being of the line of David, was required to go to Bethlehem to register with Mary. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Probably due to the census, the inn was too crowded, and Mary gave birth in a crude stable. She wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a manger.

    The Shepherd's Worship the Savior:
    Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God. As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child.
    There they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about him. They went on their way still praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the tender child she had just borne—was the Savior of the world.

    The Magi Bring Gifts:
    After Jesus' birth, Herod was king of Judea. At this time wise men (Magi) from the east saw a star, they came in search, knowing the star signified the birth of the king of the Jews. The wise men came to the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem and asked where the Christ was to be born. The rulers explained, "In Bethlehem in Judea," referring to Micah 5:2. Herod secretly met with the Magi and asked them to report back after they had found the child. Herod told the Magi that he too wanted to go and worship the babe. But secretly Herod was plotting to kill the child.
    So the wise men continued to follow the star in search of the new born king and found Jesus with his mother in Bethlehem. (Most likely Jesus was already two years of age by this time.) They bowed and worshipped him, offering treasures of gold, incense and myrrh. When they left, they did not return to Herod. They had been warned in a dream of his plot to destroy the child.
     
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    What you posted is NOT the Christmas story. It is the story of the birth of Christ but it did not take place during Dec. Christ was NOT born on Dec. 25 or at any time around that date. Please read or atleast look over this page:

    When Was Christ Born?
     
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    What a bunch of hogwash.
     
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    No, a bunch of hogwash is people believing that Christmas is the birthday of Christ. ;)

    So many people believe the lies they are taught in the chuches today by their so called 'preachers' rather than doing their homework to find if it is true or not themselves. If people would start truly reading and studying the Word of God then they will find out a lot of what they are being taught is false.
     
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    Symbolic
     
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    Churches are not teaching that Christ was born on Dec. 25th. All Church goers know this. They are taught that we don't know when he was born but the founders of the chruches tied the pagen holiday with the brith of Christ in order to bring them to Christianity.
    You are believing the lie that it is not taught.
     
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    No, I know it is taught that it is His birthday. I was taught it for a long time in almost every church I have been to. Only a handfull taught it as you say.

    Also the OP did not say anything about it being 'tied' to the pagen holiday of which would be more closly to the truth of 'the Christmas Story'. But NO, the OP was trying to make it look as if Christmas WAS when He was born. This tells me that they are being taught as I was not the way you are saying.
     
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    Wrong!
     
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    What a nice version of a story that was told over and over and over again for thousands of years before it was modified to become birth of Jesus story.
     

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