Mary holding baby Jesus

A short film about the birth of Jesus Christ

This 18-minute dramatization of the Nativity story recounts in stunning detail the sacred events found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the Bible. Journey with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Witness the awe of the shepherds in the plains of Judea. Feel the joy of the Wise Men as they kneel before the Light of the World—the Savior Jesus Christ.

A camera operator films actors playing Mary and Joseph

The Christ Child: Behind the Scenes

How do you create a historically accurate, artistically nuanced depiction of the Nativity? Find out through illuminating interviews with the cast and crew of The Christ Child and through insights from Bible scholars.

A mother and father holding their newborn son


The Christ Child Promo Video

As two parents name their newborn, one choice stands out above the rest.

Pregnant Mary stands in a doorway
Matthew 1:18–20

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

Joseph leads a donkey carrying the pregnant Mary
Luke 2:1, 4–5

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

“To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.”

Joseph leads Mary and a donkey to an inn in Bethlehem
Why was there no inn shown in Bethlehem?

When describing Jesus’s birth in the book of Luke, the same Greek word used for “inn” (kataluma) is also used in a passage about the location of the Last Supper. In that passage, kataluma refers to an upper room or a guest room that Jesus and His disciples used. It's possible that instead of searching for an inn or a hotel, Joseph would have sought out a private space in a family's home in Bethlehem.

Joseph comforts Mary
Why was the stable set inside of a home?

In first-century Jerusalem, animals were usually kept inside the house. The stable where Jesus was born may actually have been an interior courtyard or even a cave adjacent to the living quarters.

Mary lays the baby Jesus in a manger
Luke 2:7

“And she 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.”

Mary lifts the baby Jesus out of a manger
What song does Mary sing to baby Jesus?

The verse Mary sings in this portrayal is taken from Psalm 27:1. Scholars know from Luke 1:46–55 that Mary read and understood the Hebrew Bible, and it was common for religious observers to sing verses of scripture. The lullaby’s melody is based on traditional Hebrew musical forms. 

Shepherds are greeted by an angel by the birth of Jesus
Luke 2:8–11

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, 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.”

Shepherds greet the baby Jesus
Why were there children with the shepherds?

Scholars believe that during this time period, shepherd groups included a mix of family members who all helped with responsibilities. In this depiction, young male and female family members are shown within the group of shepherds who heard angels announce the Savior’s birth. 

Wisemen great the young Jesus
Matthew 2:1–2, 11

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship 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, frankincense, and myrrh.”

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