The Christmas Story
The Prediction “God with us”
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God With Us).
Predicting who the Child will be
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.
Isaiah 9: 6 and 7
The Prediction of His birth
But you, O Bethlehem, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Predicting the Kings’ visit
May the kings render him tribute; may the kings bring gifts! May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
The Angel’s visit to Mary
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. You will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the child will be called holy — the Son of God.”
Luke 1:26 35
The Journey to Bethlehem
A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
Luke 2: 1 to 5
Jesus is Born
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2: 6 and 7
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod. And they called his name Jesus.
Matthew 1: 24 and Matthew 2: 1
An Angel visits the Shepherds
And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2: 8 to 11
The Heavenly Chorus
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2: 13 and 14
The visit of the Shepherds to the Stable
The angels said to the shepherds: “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2: 12
The shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them, but Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Luke 2: 15
The Wise Men visit King Herod
Now after Jesus was born, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, asking of King Herod, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him?” When Herod heard this, he was troubled, and inquired of the chief priests where the Christ was to be born. They told him: “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: From you O Bethlehem shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
Matthew 2: 7 to 8
The Wise Men follow the star and visit Jesus
After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Matthew 2:9 to 12
The Escape to Egypt
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.
Matthew 2: 13 and 15
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he gave orders to kill all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah.
Matthew 2: 16 to 18
The Plans and the Promise
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3: 16 (NIV)
The Grand Outcome
God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow … and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.