Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them and pray. (Matthew 19:13)
At that time the Romans were in control of Israel and many other places. Caesar Augustus wanted a census of all the people, so he could know how many people he ruled over. So everyone had to go to their place of birth to be registered.
Joseph was born in Bethlehem so he took Mary there. When they got to Bethlehem the place was crowded and they couldn't find anywhere to stay. The only place that was offered to them was a stable and so this is where Jesus was born. They wrapped him up and laid him in a manger which was usually the place were the animals had their food.
That night there were shepherds out in the fields watching over their sheep. Suddenly there was a bright light and an angel stood before them. "Don't be afraid. I bring good news of great joy to all people. Born today in Bethlehem is a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. You will find him wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Then the whole sky was filled with great numbers of angels and they all said.
"Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth peace, goodwill to all men."
When the angels left the shepherds looked at each other and said, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see." They ran off and found the stable were Mary and Joseph and Jesus were. They were amazed and went to tell others about Jesus.
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