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My newest grand baby was born in early October and I must admit there is a lot I had forgotten about being a new mom with a tiny baby. My daughter and son-in-law have done an excellent job as parents but to be honest this new one has caused some difficulties. electricity and magnetism worksheets middle school She doesn’t like to nurse and yet her mama wants to nurse her and so there has been quite a battle going on between mama and baby. I can’t help but think this time of year about the birth of Jesus Christ. So many babies and mothers didn’t live through childbirth let alone give birth in a stable with only one man to help with the birth. I can’t even imagine being nine months pregnant and traveling as far as she did to Bethlehem especially since she didn’t travel by car, train, or plane. Mary obviously had the angels watching over her but still she had to go through contractions and pain to give birth just as every mother has had to do. Let’s read this wonderful account from the Bible of the child being born, the Christ child!

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25, (English Standard Version or ESV).

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. wd gaster website This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. static electricity diagram And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 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 place for them in the inn.

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 Savior, who is Christ the Lord. electricity quiz ks2 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 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!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, 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. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Luke 2:1-21, (ESV).

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “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 the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And 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.” 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. gas city indiana weather 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. 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. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed 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. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:1-18, (ESV).

What I have never really thought about before has come popping off the page at me as I read this compiled account of the birth of Jesus. There was an engagement and almost a divorce but then God stepped in and Joseph had a dream which changed his life forever. Had Joseph made a public display of Mary being pregnant she would have been stoned to death as was the custom and yet Joseph did not want this to happen to her. His heart was already soft toward her for he must have loved her very much to decide to quietly divorce her and break the engagement. c gastronomie brignais But then came the dream and lives were changed forever. Then came the lowest of the low to see the baby and worship Baby Jesus, what an honor for them. The glory of God shined through the nighttime sky to announce the birth to the shepherds! Finally after some time had passed, probably months, the wise men arrived and they did what all dignitaries do by informing the King of their reason for being in the country, to worship the Baby Jesus. King Herod couldn’t have anyone so important to foreign dignitaries live and so after the wise men left the king ordered executions of boy babies from birth to two years old thinking for sure that any future king would be killed. How like the world his thinking was. I can see that when God is in charge His plans move forward and no one can get in the way! Pretty good lesson for us today as we think of the time when a child was born.