Billions of Christians around the world are excited to celebrate Christmas this weekend.
Netanyahu added that he is “proud” of Israel’s relationship with the Christian community and “the bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization.”
At Christmas time once, a man named Joseph and a woman named Mary were going to have a very special baby. An angel told Mary the baby was God’s own son! His name was Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew Immanuel refers to Jesus Christ. Immanuel(Hebrew meaning, “God with us“; also romanized Emmanuel, Imanu’el)
No room at the inn
Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem, a city far away. But when they got there, there was no room for them at the inn.
Born in a barn
The inn keeper told them they could stay in the barn. That night, bay Jesus was born among the animals in the barn!
Shepherds in the field
Nearby, there were some shepherds taking care of their sheep. Suddenly, the sky was filled with angels! they told the shepherds that Jesus had been born that night. The shepherds hurried away to find him.
The wise men
Even some wise men from far away heard of Jesus. God put a special star in the sky to lead them to where Jesus was! They traveled a long time. Finally, they found Baby Jesus.
Gifts to Baby Jesus
The wise men gave gifts to baby Jesus. They knew he was God’s own son because God had told them.
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.
Christmas Celebrations Around the world (IN PICTURES):