Chapter 5

Jesus Christ Is Born

“Chapter 5: Jesus Christ Is Born,” New Testament Stories (2005), 13–15

Roman taxing people

The Roman emperor made a law that everyone must pay taxes. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth. They had to go 65 miles (105 km) to Bethlehem to pay their taxes.

Joseph and Mary traveling

It was not easy for Mary to travel to Bethlehem. Her baby would soon be born.

Joseph and Mary at inn

When Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem, all the rooms were filled with people. Mary and Joseph had to stay in a stable. A stable is a place where animals are kept.

Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus

There the baby was born. Mary wrapped Him in cloth and laid Him in a manger. Joseph and Mary named the baby Jesus.

angel appearing to shepherds

On the night Jesus was born, shepherds were taking care of their sheep in the fields near Bethlehem. An angel came to them. The shepherds were afraid.

angel appearing to shepherds

The angel told them not to be afraid. He had wonderful news: The Savior, Jesus Christ, was born in Bethlehem. They would find Him lying in a manger.

shepherds visiting baby Jesus

The shepherds went to Bethlehem, where they saw the baby Jesus.

shepherds talking to people

The shepherds were happy to see the Savior. They told other people about all they had heard and seen.