The Birth of Jesus

What’s happening in this scene?

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 guest room available for them.

Luke’s Gospel chapter 2 verses 4-7

God had planned this even longer ago:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah chapter 9 verses 6-7
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What does it mean today?

God is with us! The God who created everything there is became one of us and lived a life like ours with all its joys and challenges so that there would be nobody who couldn’t recognise him and respond to him and follow him out of their difficulties into a life of peace.

How can we respond?


Give thanks for the gift of Jesus: the Prince of Peace, the Light of the World, the one who carries our burdens and gives us the gift of joy. Hang a bauble or a ribbon on the tree as your prayer of thanksgiving for all that is good this Christmas.

Here are some ways you can think more about this part of the story:

Listen to the story being read from the Bible
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Watch the story
Watch this video that tells the story of the birth of Jesus.
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Jesus' birth
Listen to these songs celebrating the birth of Jesus - Joy to the World and O Holy Night.
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