The word Nativity comes from "Nativus" in Latin, which means "born".
An angel appears to Mary, telling her she's been chosen by God to bear the Son of God, who will be Savior of the people (Annunciation of the Lord, celebrated on 25 March, exactly 9 months before Christmas) and also about her cousin Elizabeth, who's ostensibly too old to have children, is already six months pregnant. This is a great proof God's power to do anything as He wills. Mary agrees to God's , and travels to visit Elizabeth. Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah, a priest who was told in the temple that his aged wife would conceive and bear a son, to be named John. Zechariah lost his ability to speak as he did not believe what he was foretold. When Mary arrives, Elizabeth seems to be aware of Mary's impending pregnancy, saying her own child leapt in her womb in joy. Mary tells Elizabeth she's scared, since the law requires she remain pure and thinks nobody will believe she's kept her vows. Elizabeth comforts her by telling her to believe, trust and have faith in God. Mary stayed until Elizabeth's child is born, while Zechariah's voice was restored and he insisted the child named as John.
Mary shortly then return home and is noticeably pregnant causing scandal by the town people, and Joseph is broken hearted. Mary's parents can't believe Mary explainantions as they fear she might have been raped by Herod's soldiers and told her the punishment could be death for violating her vows to Joseph. Joseph who is upset and bitter has decided not to put charges on the violation of the vows. The the angel once again appeared but this time to Joseph in a dream who tells him “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21). Joseph then woke up and followed what the angel of the Lord had commanded by taking Mary home as his wife but did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son and named Jesus, the Immanuel (God with us).
King Herod worried about the prophecy of a new King of Jews who will be a Messiah, and decides to take advantage of Caesar's intentions for a census to make everyone return to their ancestral home. As the prophecy had said the Messiah is to come from a descendant of David, Herod's plans to force them into Bethlehem, the City of David, capture and kill this child. Joseph is the force to go to Bethlehem and Mary agrees to follow him on an arduous journey. While on the journey to Bethlehem, Mary realizes Joseph as a good, self-sacrificing man., therefore affection and trust begins grows between them.
It's a time for Christians to focus our hearts and love in anticipation of the birth of Christ, the Prince of Peace and Savior of World.
The ShepherdsAngel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds by night and announced the good news that a Savior, the Messiah had been born in the town of David, Bethelehem, Ephrath, Judea. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels, singing praises to God. Then, the shepherds decided to make their way to Bethlehem, where they found and saw the newly born Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a stable. Later the sheperds went on their way still praising and glorifying God and to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had about the child. Mary did not say a word but she treasured their words and pondering them in her heart. It was beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms, is the tender child who is the Savior of the world, the Messiah and the Lord, King of all Kings.
The MagiAt this time wise men (Magi) from the east saw a star, they search, knowing the star signified the birth of the king of the Jews. These wise men came to the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem, to find out where new King of the Jews is born. The rulers explained as in Micah 5:2, "In Bethlehem in Judea,". Herod secretly met the Magi and told them to inform him upon finding the child, as he wanted to go and worship the child but secretly Herod was plotting to kill the child. The wise men continued to follow the star and found the new born king, Jesus with his mother in Bethlehem. They bowed and worshipped him, offering treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The wise men left and they did not go to Herod for they had been warned through a dream of Herod's plot to destroy the child.
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The Magi Visit the Messiah
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
The Magi also referred to as the Wise Men, Kings, or Kings from the East.
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary Visits Elizabeth
The Birth of Jesus
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.