Jesus wants boys and girls to accept Him as their Saviour and Best Friend.
Luke 1:26 to 2:20 and Matthew 1:18 to 2:12.
Gabriel's Message to Mary:
More than two thousand years ago, God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary who lived
in a town called Nazareth in the province of Galilee in Israel. The
angel said to Mary, "Don't be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with
God. You will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name
Mary was very puzzled and asked, "How will this be, since I am unmarried?"
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, so the baby will be
called the Son of God". "I am the Lord's servant", Mary answered, "May
it be just as you have said". And then the angel left her.
Now Mary was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. When he found
out that she was expecting a child, Joseph decided not to marry her.
But, that night the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from
the Holy Spirit of God. She will have a son, and you are to give Him
the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." (The
name "Jesus" means Saviour). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel
of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
Birth of Jesus:
At that time, the ruler Caesar Augustus ordered everyone register in the town
where they had been born. And so Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem,
the little old town where David had lived long ago. While they were there,
the time came for the baby to be born. Joseph urgently searched the town
looking for a place for Mary to have her baby. But, everywhere was full
because the town was teeming with visitors.
In desperation he banged on the door of the last inn, but it was also full.
"I need a room", he shouted, "My wife is having her baby! The inn keeper
took pity on them and said, "All I have left is the stable". "We'll take
it", exclaimed Joseph and so they stayed the night in the animal stable!
It was here that Mary gave birth to Jesus, and wrapped the baby in cloths
and laid Him in the manger.
The Shepherds and the Angels:
The sun had set on the plains near Bethlehem, and the fields were covered with
sleeping flocks of sheep. Their shepherds sat at the doors of the folds,
listening to the tinkling sound of a little brook that ran down from a nearby
hill. Suddenly a brilliant light shone all about them and as they
looked up in fear and amazement, they saw a beautiful angel who spoke to them
saying, "Don't be afraid, for I bring you good news! For today a Saviour
was born in Bethlehem. He is Christ the Lord and you will find Him lying
in a manger."
When he finished speaking, all at once the whole sky and earth seemed to be filled
with many more angels. And they praised God, saying, "Glory to God in the
highest, and peace to men on earth." Gradually, the beautiful music died
away and the shining vision faded, and nothing could be heard or seen except
the little stream, and the dark slumbering forms of the sheep.
The shepherds turned to each other in wonder. "We will go to Bethlehem",
they said, "And see what has happened. And so they took their staffs, and
set off up the rocky hill-paths towards where the white houses of Bethlehem
glimmered under the sky.
The Shepherds Visit Jesus:
They came to the stable where a feeble light came from a small clay lamp, and
shone on the face of a tiny baby, who lay fast asleep in the manger. The
shepherds knew that they had found what they had come to seek, and that the
little baby in swaddling clothes was the Saviour, Christ the Lord.
They looked at the sleeping face of the baby in great awe, and told Joseph and
Mary what had happened on the plains just below Bethlehem. They told of
angels and the song that had echoed through the night. Then they went back
to their sheep, praising God for the things that they had seen and heard that
night, and spread the news to all they met. Mary kept all these things
deep in her heart as she watched her little sleeping child.
You are young, but many of you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
It was for you that Jesus was born here on earth, and died and rose again.
Jesus knew from an early age that God had chosen Him to die for the sins of all
mankind, so that whoever believed in Him could have eternal life.
You were not born by chance. God was present when you were formed in your
mother's tummy. God knows all about you and like Jesus, He wants you to
grow up, increasing in knowledge and wisdom, and pleasing God and people.
And Jesus wants boys and girls to accept Him as their Saviour and Best Friend.