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The Nativity -
The Real Meaning of Christmas

As we celebrate Christmas, it is good to bear in mind the real reason for the season...

Birth of Jesus

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Because Joseph, her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

All this took place to fulfill what the lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means "God with us." (Matthew 1:18-23)

Mary and JesusThe Shepherds Hear the News

On the night that jesus was born there were shepherds in a nearby field keeping watch over their flocks. Suddenly the sky filled with light. The angel of the Lord appeared and the shepherds trembled in fear.

"Don't be afraid" said the angel "for I have great news. Today in the city of Bethlehem, a Child was born who is Christ the King. You shall find this Child wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

When the angel finished speaking, a multitude of angels appeared in the sky. "Glory to God the highest!" they sang. "Peace on earth and good will toward men!"

After the angels had gone, the shepherds hurried to Bethlehem. There, they found Mary and Joseph sitting near the Baby Jesus, who was lying in the manger. "An angel told us about the newborn King," said the shepherds. "May we see him?"

Mary smiled and nodded. Joseph led the shepherds to the manger. They bowed and thanked God for sending them the saviour, who would bring joy and hope into their lives.

From 'A christmas Stocking' Louise Betts Egan