Pay Your Taxes!
Many years ago, the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus ordered that all
the people were to go back to the city where they had been born
and be taxed there. And so Joseph and Mary travelled from
Nazareth to the city of Bethlehem.
But where were they to stay? Mary's baby was due to be born at
any moment, and the town was full of people who were paying their
taxes! Joseph banged on all the doors in Bethlehem looking for
somewhere to stay. "No room here, we're full!" was the reply
he got from every inn.
Born in a Stable:
Except for one inn which had a stable. The kind inn keeper said
they could stay there when he saw that Mary was exhausted and that
her child was about to be born. A short while later, Mary's
firstborn Son, Jesus was born. Mary wrapped Him tightly in
cloths and laid Him in a manger.
No, Mary did not go to a hospital, because there were no hospitals in
those days! Did your mommy go to a hospital and you were born
there? (Let the children respond). Can you
imagine some very interested cows, and sheep, and donkeys peeping
over Mary's shoulder to see this strange animal-man they called
Jesus? (Let the children respond).
In the meantime, some shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks at
night on a nearby hill. They became afraid when the angel of
the Lord appeared to them, and God's glory shone like a giant light
all around about them. That must have been very scary, don't
you think? (Let the children respond
). The angel
spoke to them and said:
"Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy ... for there has been
born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the
Lord. And this will be a sign to you: you will find the Baby
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Angels Praise God!
And suddenly there was a great crowd of angels praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will
toward men." After the angels went back to Heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing which
the Lord has told us about."
They rushed off to Bethlehem shouting as loudly as they could, "Where's
the baby Jesus? We want to see Him!" I'm sure that they
made so much noise that all the town's people came running out to see
what all the fuss was about. Let's shout like the shepherd's did,
"Where's the baby Jesus?" (Let the children respond).
The shepherds couldn't wait to see this Heavenly Baby. At last
they found Mary and Joseph, and there was Baby Jesus lying in a
manger! And when they had seen Him, they joyfully told everyone
about the angels and this special Child they had seen!
God kept Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus safe, even though the baby was
born in a stable filled with animals. God sent guardian angels to
watch over His Son. And God wants to keep you safe too.
God has a guardian angel that looks after every boy and girl who loves
Him. He loves you very dearly and wants you to grow up loving
and serving Him with all your heart.