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Birth of Jesus

Around the world, people gather together during Christmastime to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ—an event often referred to as the Nativity—and tell the Christmas story. Do you know what happened all those years ago?

Before the birth of Jesus

Just as Jesus performed many miracles throughout His life, the circumstances of His birth were also miraculous. However, the story of Christmas didn’t start in the stable at Bethlehem where He was born. For hundreds of years, prophets—holy men called to preach the words of God to His children—told of Jesus’s eventual coming. 

Prophecies

The prophet Isaiah, who lived hundreds of years before Jesus, gave many prophecies concerning the coming of the Savior. “For unto us a child is born,” Isaiah wrote, “unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy referred to Christ’s power and authority as the Son of God. Isaiah also prophesied, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Isaiah told of a savior who would come to earth to save humankind from sin and death. Many other prophets predicted Jesus’s coming and tried to prepare the people for His birth. You can find their words in the books of the Old Testament. 

Mary, the mother of Jesus

The virgin of whom Isaiah prophesied was a young woman of Jerusalem named Mary. She was engaged to be married when she was visited by an angel. The angel told her she had found favor with God and that through a miracle she would conceive and give birth to the son of God. Mary wondered how this could be, since she was a virgin, but the angel reminded her that “with God nothing shall be impossible” (see Luke 1:26–37). 

Joseph

The man to whom Mary was engaged was a carpenter and a good man named Joseph. When he first heard that Mary was expecting, he was afraid of the scandal it might cause (see Matthew 1:19). However, an angel appeared to him in a dream and calmed his fears, saying, “Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20–21). 

The birth of Jesus Christ

Today, you might commemorate Christmas by placing a Nativity set in your home. These Nativity sets depict figures representing the visitors who came to worship the baby Jesus. Heavenly ministers and signs led faithful people to the young Jesus so they could pay their respects. 

No room in the inn

As the day of Jesus’s birth approached, Joseph left his home in Nazareth to take part in a census (see Luke 2:1–4). He brought Mary along and cared for her during their journey. They went to Bethlehem, the town where Joseph’s ancestors had lived, in order to fulfill their civic obligations. While they were there, “the days were accomplished that she should be delivered” (Luke 2:6), and Bethlehem became Jesus’s birthplace. “And [Mary] brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). Though King of kings, Jesus was born in a humble stable.

Shepherds

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). These humble people were blessed to be visited by an angel, who told them not to fear and said, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10–11). The angel told them how to find the baby Jesus, and then other angels also appeared, praising God and singing. The shepherds quickly left their flocks and found the manger where Jesus had been born. They then shared with those around them the wonder of what they had seen. 

The Three Wise Men

One of the promised signs of Christ’s birth was a new star in the sky. A group of “wise men from the east,” having seen the star, desired to find and worship the newborn Savior (see Matthew 2:1–2). When Herod, the king of the Jews, heard of the birth of Jesus, he mistakenly thought that the Savior would try to steal his authority and jealously tried to protect his position. He told the Wise Men to find Jesus and then tell him where to find the young boy, secretly planning to harm the child. At some point after Jesus’s birth, the Wise Men found Him: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). But instead of returning to Herod, they went by another way back to their homelands, having been warned in a dream of Herod’s evil intentions. 

The Book of Mormon also tells of Jesus’s birth

The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture in which events in the ancient Americas are recorded. You can learn more about the birth of Jesus by reading this sacred book.

Samuel the Lamanite

A Book of Mormon prophet named Samuel the Lamanite foresaw the birth of Jesus and tried to tell the people about it. “Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe in his name” (Helaman 14:2). Samuel told of a sign that would mark Jesus’s coming: the new star the Wise Men would see. Samuel also told of other “signs and wonders” such as a day, a night, and another day that would pass without darkness (see Helaman 14:3–6). 

Prophecy fulfilled

Some people believed Samuel, while others did not. Many of those who didn’t believe Samuel planned to put the believers to death unless the prophecy came true (see 3 Nephi 1:9). Aware of the danger but firm in their conviction, the believers waited faithfully for the signs to be given. Sure enough, the signs were given, and those who believed the words of the prophet Samuel the Lamanite praised God. (See 3 Nephi 1:1–19.) “And it came to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets” (3 Nephi 1:20). 

The birth of Jesus Christ was foretold by prophets across the world and was one of the most important events in human history. Jesus Christ is important to all of us, including how He can help each of us overcome our sins and sorrows.  Just like the shepherds, you too can find “good tidings of great joy” as you learn about Christ (see Luke 2:10). 

 

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