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................................................... The Birth of Jesus

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While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, as foretold to her by the angel. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he had every right to feel disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness carried a grave social stigma. Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, under Jewish law she could be put to death by stoning.
Although Joseph's initial reaction was to break the engagement, the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do, he treated Mary with extreme kindness. He did not want to cause her further shame, so he decided to act quietly. But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to verify Mary's story and reassure him that his marriage to her was God's will. The angel explained that the child within Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus and that he was the Messiah, God with us.
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When Joseph woke from his dream, he ......... obeyed God and took Mary home to be his wife, in spite ...... the public ........... he would face. Perhaps this .......... quality is one of the reasons God chose him to be the Messiah's earthly father.
Joseph too must have wondered ........ awe as he remembered the words found in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The ....... will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."
At that time, Caesar Augustus ............. that a census be taken, and every person in the entire Roman world had to go to his own town to register. Joseph, being of the line of David, was required to go to Bethlehem to register with Mary. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth .......... Jesus. Probably due .... the ..........., the inn was too crowded, and Mary gave birth in a crude stable. She wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a ...............

..................................................................................... The Shepherd's Worship the Savior

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Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel .......... that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God. As the angelic beings ........, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child.
There they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this..........child and everything the angel had said about him. They went .... their way still praising and............. God. But Mary kept quiet, ........ their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to ..., that sleeping in her arms—the ....... child she had just born—was the Savior of the world. The Shepherd's Worshiped the Savior.

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