Once upon a time two thousand years ago in the land called Nazareth in a place called Galilee there lived a special girl called Mary. She had never been with any man and was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph who was a Jewish carpenter.
One night an angel visited Mary and told her that she would have a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. She would call this baby Jesus. Mary thought about this and was very afraid. She asked the angel, “How can this be?” She knew she had never been with a man and a woman is always made pregnant by a man.
The angel explained that this was a special child. It would be God’s own Son. Since God created the world it was just as easy for Him to create a child inside Mary without her being with a man. Mary felt so unworthy yet she rejoiced that God had chosen such an humble girl as herself to carry His child.
I’m sure that Mary remembered the words foretold in Isaiah. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son. He will be called Immanuel.”
Mary was still engaged to Joseph and realized that she was pregnant through the Holy Spirit just as the angel has told her. When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant he knew it was not his child. He loved Mary and he knew that should he divorce her she would likely be stoned to death.
Joseph was a righteous man and decided to keep this a secret. However while Joseph was sleeping God sent an angel to him to tell him what has happened. The angel told him it was God’s will for him to marry Mary. The child Mary was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He also told him that the child would be the Messiah and his name would be Jesus.
Joseph obeyed God and took Mary to be his wife. He knew other people would be talking about him but he also knew that this event was designed by God Himself. God chose him to be the earthly father of Jesus.
During this time, Caesar Augustus sent out a decree that a census was to be taken and that each person must return to his own town to register. Since Joseph was in the family of David, he was required to go back to Bethlehem to register. Mary went with him and while in Bethlehem Mary gave birth to Jesus. Because every person had to go back to their homes all the rooms were taken and they had no place to stay.
At last Joseph asked one man who had a stable where his animals were kept. He told them they could stay there. She wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a manger.
An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel proclaimed 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. When the angelic beings left, 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.
Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. I’m sure it must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms, the tiny baby she had just given birth to, was the Savior of the world.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18
We must remember that there are many gods but only one God. Each person must choose which god or God they will give their hearts and lives too. Every person that is born will at some time die and when they die there is two places that they can go. They can go to heaven if they choose Jesus as God’s Son. They will go to hell if they choose any other god.
The Question: Why did God(who is a spirit) come in the form of a fleshly man named Jesus to the earth where we live?
This is a true story taken from the Bible.
Written by Sybil Shearin
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Taken from the Bible’s Account and paraphrased.
Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20.