Don't be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other,
Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.
So they hurried toward the village.
About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star as it rose...
...and we have come to worship him.
King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked,
Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?
In Bethlehem in Judea or this is what the prophet wrote:
And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.
Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them,
Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!
After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the East guides them toward Bethlehem.
Hold on, Matthew let us not get ourselves ahead of the story, our shepherds have now hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby Jesus, lying in the manger. They were overjoyed and filled with excitement.
Yes, thank you brother; we can't have a nativity without the shepherds. So the star, remember, guides our three wise men to Bethlehem, it went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were also filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
And when it was time to leave, the three wise men returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Eight days from his birth the baby was circumcised,
(Excitedly butting in)
and Joseph named Him Jesus!