The Christmas Story: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the East, in Eden, and there he put the man he had formed. In the middle of the garden were the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. And the Lord God said, ” The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden, to work the ground from which he had been taken.
“My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy. He (God) is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.” ~ Job 9: 25, 32-34
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” ~ Isaiah 7:14
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned…For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:2
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about:
His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 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.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.” (which means “God with us”)
When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took Mary home as his wife.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register 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 wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in their 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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Now Jesus himself was about 30 years old when he began his ministry.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. When Jesus spoke to the people he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the King of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
“Crucify him!” they shouted.
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” Then they remembered his words.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. ~ John 3: 16
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that was written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
This story is taken directly from the Bible, from the following passages: Genesis 1: 1 and 27, Genesis 2: 8, 17, Genesis 3: 22-23, Job 9: 25, 32-34, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9: 2 and 6, Matthew 1: 18-24, Matthew 4:23, Mark 15 (various verses), Luke 2: 1-14, Luke 3: 23, Luke 24: 1-8, John 8:12, 1 Corinthians 15: 52-54 and John 3:16. I used the New International Version for most verses. You can read the entire story in great detail in the Bible.