Story Of Jesus’ Birth In The Bible

The New Testament does not give an account of the exact time of Jesus’ birth. By the time it was written, many centuries after Jesus’ birth, it was impossible to establish and accurate chronology. Since Matthew is the first of the four gospel narratives and it skips over much of Jesus’ childhood and mentions his birth only in passing (Matthew 2:1-12), most Christians assume that Jesus was born during shepherds’ first night watch. This detail has led to our modern concept of Christmas being a celebration on or around December 25. An alternative date for celebrating the story of Jesus is September 11th (see also: Feast of Tabernacles), marking the day when, according to Luke’s gospel, John the Baptist was first circumcised (Luke 1:57-80)

Jesus is the most influential and loved person in history. According to Christianity, he is a miracle baby who was born of the Virgin Mary. He performed great miracles and healed the sick. He calmed raging seas with a word. He rose from the dead three days after he was crucified. His love for all people led him to sacrifice his life for us on the cross – so that we could have eternal life by accepting Him as our Savior.

As the Christmas season is upon us, I’m sure we have all read this story hundreds of times. So I thought it would be fun to look back at the first Christmas and see what really happened and what was really going on back then. Find out who was there and why they were there? It’s a very interesting time in history and a lot of things were going on at that time that we need to know.

While the manger and the baby Jesus are known worldwide, not everyone knows how he came to be or what happened before his birth. Given the cultural significance of this story and its religious importance to many Christians, it’s easy to understand how this wouldn’t be a big part of our collective knowledge. Here I’ll explain how Mary got pregnant and found out that she was carrying the Messiah.

Story Of Jesus’ Birth In The Bible

Luke 1:26-38 tells us the story of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary.  This must have been quite unnerving for Mary, a visit from a heavenly being telling her that she, a virgin, has been chosen to give birth to the Savior of the world.  Mary was initially frightened until Gabriel told her that she had found favor with God.  Gabriel explained to her that she would conceive a child by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Believers rightly celebrate Jesus’ birth, but it was actually a normal birth; if being born in a stable can be called normal, that is.  However, His conception was a one-time event that was unique in all of history.

The angel told Mary a few things about her soon-to-be-son:

  • He was to be called “Jesus” (1:31);
  • He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High (1:32);
  • God will give Him the throne of David (1:32);
  • there will be no end to His kingdom (1:33);
  • He will be called Holy-the Son of God (1:35).

Gabriel assured Mary these things would surely take place because, “…nothing will be impossible with God” (1:37 ESV).  Mary and the angel ended their conversation with Mary humbling herself to the will of God.

Story Of Jesus’ Birth In The Bible

This is a summary of the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus. You can read more in-depth Bible verses from the Scripture below and use the articles and videos to understand the meaning of this world-changing event in the Bible. Almost 2,000 years ago a young woman from the town of Nazareth named Mary was visited by an angel named Gabriel. Gabriel told the Jewish woman that she would have a son named Jesus and that he would be the Son of God. At this time, Mary was engaged to her soon-to-be husband Joseph. When told Joseph he was hurt and confused because he did not believe Mary. The angel Gabriel visited Joseph and told him that Mary would be pregnant from the Lord and that she would have a son named Jesus who would save the people from their sins. 

Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem because of an order from the Roman emperor that a census, or record, of all people, be taken in their hometown. After traveling pregnant on a donkey for several days, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem and were told that there were no places to stay. The inns were full. Seeing that Mary was due at any moment, an owner of an inn told Joseph that they could stay in his stable. 

Mary and Joseph settled down on the hay in a stable with animals sleeping. Mary went into labor and Jesus was born in the stable. The only place for the sleeping baby to rest was most likely in the animals’ trough, known as the manger. 

During this time, an angel appeared to shepherds who were watching their flocks in the fields near Bethlehem. The angel told them the good news of the birth of the Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. The shepherds immediately went to find baby Jesus, which the angels told them they would find sleeping in the manger. 

After some time, three wise men, also known as magi, saw the brilliant star in that sky that rested over where Jesus was born. The three wise men traveled from a distant eastern country to find the new king. During the wise men’s trip, Herod the king of Judah met with the wise men and told them to come back and let him know where the baby king was so that he could go worship him as well. The wise men continued to Bethlehem and found Jesus right where the star pointed. They knelt and worshipped the Savior and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They then traveled back home a different way knowing that King Herod was not intending to worship Jesus but that he planned to kill the baby.

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