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The Christmas Story in the Bible

Angel Giving Mary the News of Baby Jesus

Angel Giving Mary the News of Baby Jesus

Mary is Visited by an Angel

Mary was a good and kind young woman. She lived in Nazareth, a city in Israel. Something unexpected happened one day, she was visited by an angel! The angel told her not to be afraid and that she had found favor with God, meaning he was very happy with her. Then the angel told her that she would have a son and she should name him Jesus, which means "He saves."

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Mary was so surprised and she asked the angel, "How can I have a baby if I'm not married?"

The angel explained to her that the Holy Spirit and the power of God would work within her to give her a child. This child would be raised by Mary and Joseph, but he would also be born holy, as he was also the Son of God.

Mary had always been a very good girl. She had always loved God and trusted in His Word. She trusted God with the news and said, "I am your servant, Lord. I will do Your will. May everything told to me come true."

Memory verse: "For with God, nothing is impossible." Luke 1:37

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Mary Visits Elizabeth in Judea

The angel left and Mary wasn't sure what to do next. She remembered that an angel had appeared to her relative Elizabeth promising her a baby too. Mary then rushed off to see Elizabeth in Judea and share her good news.

Elizabeth and Mary were so excited about the news they had received that they would both soon be mothers. Elizabeth went on to tell Mary that an angel had visited her husband Zechariah. The baby had told Zechariah, "You will have a baby and name him John. He is going to prepare the way for the Messiah."

Think About: Do you think Mary realized that her baby, Jesus, would be the Messiah that John would prepare a way for?

Mary Returns Home

After staying with Elizabeth for 3 months, Mary returned home. Mary went through many trials. Some people did not believe that Mary was blessed with the Child of God. However, Mary is a good servant and she is considered blessed among all women for being chosen.

Mary was patient in waiting for God to complete His plan through Jesus. Sometimes it's difficult to understand the plan God has for our lives, but Go'd plan is always good and nothing is impossible.

The Angel Visits Joseph

The Angel Gives the Good News to Joseph

It must have been difficult for Joseph to know what to think at this time, but an angel visited Joseph too. The angel assured Joseph. The angel told Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. The angel explained how the Holy Spirit came over Mary and blessed her with a child from God that would save people from their sins. Joseph would be this baby's father. He was very excited to welcome his new baby.

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

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