Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Nativity Story

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In those days the government decided that they should count everyone that lived in that area of the world.  So Joseph had to take Mary to his town, Bethlehem to register.jourdan & jamal christmas program 2010 015

It took Mary and Joseph a long time to get to Bethlehem.  They didn't have cars back then, so it probably took them a lot longer to get there.  This was very tiring for Mary because she was soon going to have a baby.

When they reached the town, all the hotels were full and there was nowhere that they could stay.  Finally, someone felt bad for them, and offered them a place to stay. 

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Mary and Joseph were thankful that they at least had a place to lay down.  It was warm, and there was plenty of straw to lay on.

That night an exciting, wonderful thing happened.  Mary and Joseph had a baby!  But it wasn't just any baby, it was Baby Jesus!  The creator of the whole world, the King of Kings, the one who would save the world.

The little baby boy fell asleep in Mary's arms and she wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger on some clean straw.jourdan & jamal christmas program 2010 019

Some shepherds who lived near Bethlehem, were out at night in their fields watching over their sheep.  They were worried a bigger animal might come and hurt the sheep, so that sat on a hill visiting and watching their sheep together.

Suddenly there was a bright light.  Now this wasn't just any bright light, the light was so bright that they had to close their eyes for a minute because the light hurt their eyes. jourdan & jamal christmas program 2010 193  

When they opened their eyes to see what was going on, a beautiful angel was standing in the air just above them with his arms opened wide.

The shepherds looked at each other in disbelief, but realized it must be real, because they were all seeing the same thing.  All at once they were very afraid, but they didn't run because they were too stunned to do anything.

Then the angel spoke to them.  "Do not be afraid.  I'm here to bring you good news for all people.  Today in Bethlehem a baby has been born, He is the one that will save the world.  You will know the baby because He will be wrapped in cloths, and laying in a manger."

Suddenly, just as quickly as the first angel came, there were a large group of angels, and they said together, "Glory to God, and peace to all people on earth."  After they spoke, they floated away.jourdan & jamal christmas program 2010 169

The shepherds were amazed and excited, did everyone know this news, or just them?  They had to go see this baby the angels were talking about.

They ran as fast as they could, and soon found Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.  The shepherds fell to their knees when they saw Jesus, they were filled with joy that they had found the Lord.

During the time when Jesus was born there was a very mean king who ruled the land, his name was King Herod.  Soon after Jesus was born,  wise men were traveling on their camels; one night they noticed a very strange star in the sky.  They knew that this star meant that the King of the Jews, the One who would save the world had been born.jourdan & jamal christmas program 2010 013

King Herod called a meeting with all the other important people in the area and asked them where this special baby had been born.  The people replied, "In Bethlehem, because they heard that one day a special person would come from there and take care of all the people."

Then King Herod called the wise men to a secret meeting and found out from them exactly where they saw the star.  He then told them, "Go and find this child.  As soon as you find him, tell me, so that I can go and worship him."jourdan & jamal christmas program 2010 162

After they had spoken to the King, the wise men left to find the baby.  They didn't know exactly where the baby was, but at night they followed the star in the east.  They followed the star until it hung right over the very place where Jesus was.school bus 2

Since it took the wise men a while to get to baby Jesus, they probably didn't arrive the day Jesus was born but sometime later.  When they finally had arrived they were very excited and happy.  They found Jesus laying in Mary's arms, and they bowed down and worshipped him.

After that they opened the gifts they had brought Jesus.  They were gold, frankincense and myrrh.  These were very expensive gifts, gifts that you would give to a King, not to a baby.

The story of Christmas is special, full of miracles and strange visitors all coming to visit a King and someday the Savior of the world.

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Story found here.

30 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Love your telling.

Skeller said...

best story, piece of history ... EVER.

Gigi said...

Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this.
I love your photos too.
:)
XOXOXOXO
Suz

Anita Johnson said...

I never tire of reading His story, especially with these great photos to go with it..Merry Christmas to all!

Ashlee said...

Beautiful! I absolutely love how you told the story. Beautiful kids.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Perfect! Have a wonderful week!

Adoption of Jane said...

Nice! Merry Xmas to your whole clan :)

Susan said...

Incredible! Thanks...

Merry Christmas♥

Amanda said...

Beautiful post! I LOVE it!

Maddy said...

Thanks for the reminder of the "reason for the season"! Hope you enjoy the week leading up to the holiday :)

Brooke said...

Merry Christmas!

Farmgirl Paints said...

gives me chills and fills my eyes...thank you for that miss Becky:)

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

Love the telling of the Christmas story!

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Lori said...

This is absolutely beautiful! The nativity story is the best but even better with your pictures. Bless your big beautiful heart...I really think you must have biggest and most beautiful heart of anyone I know. XX

Eternal Lizdom said...

Beautiful.

I'm just the MOM said...

I love it!

And Miles To Go... said...

this is absolutely wonderful and I love it that you personalized this to your personal story photos. Beautiful.

Jabacue said...

You are a wonderful 'story teller'. Thanks.
Jim

Tracy P. said...

*wild applause*

Rachel said...

So thankful that this is more than a story. And that it has an amazing ending!

Jason, as himself said...

My favorite is this last one, of the church. So beautiful.

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

beautiful words, my friend, and thank you for the reminder of why we celebrate Christmas!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE Kaishon in his underwear. You are soooo beautiful, my friend. And, I love you, dearly.

lifebythecreek said...

SOOOO sweet and lovely!!!! Can I use this concept? Not sure if I will blog it or make a very special Christmas photo book out of it. Something that my boy will someday sit down with HIS children to read...

photowannabe said...

I love the pictures you chose to illustrate the Christmas story. Beautiful and tender.

Freda said...

This is a unique and beautiful re-telling of the story. The fact that you have used contemporary images brings out the whole point of the story - Jesus born to be with us now. Thank you.

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

I almost am POSITIVE that Kaishon is not happy about that pic in his undies! LOL!

Merry Christmas!!!

H.K. said...

That is my favorite Christmas story and what better way to retell the story than to have pictures of kids!

jennykate77 said...

My favorite story. Ever.

I love the pictures you incorporated.