Birth of Jesus

During the first century the Roman Emperor called Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census, (an official count of all the people in the population) should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register. A man called Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem …with Mary who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She gave him the name Jesus, which means the LORD saves She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, (the trough from which all the animals ate) because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ (A Greek word meaning the Anointed One) the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Edited from Luke’s Gospel, with additions

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