The Christmas Story. Jesus the Christ was born of the virgin Mary. For thousands of years, Israel had been told about the coming of the Messiah.
The story starts in a small town of Nazareth. A young, virgin girl was at the well when she was met by Gabriel and he told her she was pregnant with a child. He told her the baby is the son of God and the Messiah. Mary, the young girl, was to be wed to Joseph. The same angel that visited Mary, also visited Joseph and told him it was ok to marry Mary because the child was formed by the Holy Spirit. Gabriel told Joseph he would be the father figure to Jesus.
Joseph hid Mary away and took her to Bethlehem. Bethlehem is known as the city of David. For Joseph to have taken Mary to Bethlehem, means that Joseph is from David’s lineage. Joseph would not have taken Mary to a strange place. He would have taken her to place that was familiar to him. He would have taken her back to family.
Mary gave birth to baby Jesus, and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. The angel of the Lord visited some shepherds there were in the same country and told them the Savior, Christ Jesus, had been born. The shepherds were poor, uneducated and uncultured, and the angel of the Lord visited them. “When the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:9-10). The shepherds were the first people to receive the gospel message. When the shepherds saw baby Jesus for themselves, they returned to their fields and told others about Jesus.