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Christmas Devotion Twelve - The Birth of Jesus

Read Luke 2:1-7

JUST THE FACTS
1. Why did Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem? (vv. 1-3)
2. What was another name for the town of Bethlehem? (v. 4)
3. Why did Mary put the baby in the manger? (v. 7)

LET'S TALK
1. Can you think of some of the prophecies that were fulfilled when Jesus was born? Look back to the previous readings if you need to.
2. Why would God want his Son to be born in such a poor and ordinary place?

WHY THIS MATTERS
That night in Bethlehem, God came down to earth in the form of a little baby. God gave Jesus a humble beginning so that everyone could understand that he came to bring salvation to all people, even the poorest and lowliest. Jesus was born human, like us, so we could relate to him. He was God so that he could save us from our sins and give us new life.

POINTS OF INTEREST
2:7 The manger Mary laid Jesus in was a trough or open box used to hold grain or grasses to feed livestock. The area around Bethlehem has many limestone caves that were used in Bible times to shelter and feed animals. Although we think of a stable as a wooden building, the stable Jesus was born in may have been a cave located behind an inn.