Last week, I tried to quiz the students in the Nerdling’s class over some Christmas trivia. They did okay, but when I asked them questions about the birth of Jesus, I got blank stares back from everyone except my daughter. And two of the kids in there go to our church! So now, on Christmas Eve, I’m going to provide a quick refresher course. The story of the first Christmas in 300 words or less. Starting now…
- Mary was told by an angel that she was going to give birth to a son and that she should give him the name Jesus. When her husband Joseph found out she was pregnant, he intended to divorce her until an angel told him that this was the work of the Holy Spirit.
- A census was called, so they had to leave their home in Nazareth and travel to Joseph’s original hometown of Bethlehem. There was no room for them in the inn, so Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a manger.
- An angel appeared to the Shepherds that were guarding their flocks nearby and they were afraid. He told them not to fear and where they could find the baby. Suddenly other angels appeared and praised God, singing, “Glory to God in the highest!” The shepherds went and saw Jesus.
- Three magi, following a star that appeared over the stable, stopped by Jerusalem where King Herod told them to report the child’s location. They went on to Bethlehem and presented baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
- They were told in a dream to go home a different way, which angered King Herod. He sent out a decree that all first-born males under two were to be executed. Mary and Joseph were told in a dream to flee to Egypt where Jesus would be safe. After Herod died, they returned to Nazareth, where Jesus grew up.
There you go. A Christmas refresher course in 242 words. For a more in-depth version of the story, check out Matthew chapters 1 and 2, and Luke chapter 2 in the Bible. You can also watch The Nativity Story, a very well done movie telling the Christmas story. You’re welcome and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Click here to read the Easter story in 300 words or less.