Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Beginning of Christianity- Story of the World V. 1 Ch 37

Story of the World Volume 1 Chapter 37 

The Beginning of Christianity 

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Nativity Scene by Dona Gelsinger
Under the rule of Augustus Caesar, Rome was at peace. Roman laws were followed and soldiers kept the cities safe.  This time of safety was known as the Pax Romana meaning "the Roman Peace".  It was during this time of peace that Jesus Christ was born in Judea, a land that was under Roman control.

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ lived in Nazareth. She was a Jewish girl that worshiped the God of Abraham.  Here is the story as told in the book of Mathew in the King James Bible:

 18 ¶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.
 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
 20 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.
 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Before the birth of Jesus Christ, Augustus Caesar ordered that everyone in the  Roman Empire be counted.  Everyone was to go back to the place of their birth.  Joseph was from Bethlehem so he took his family there to be counted.  It was in Bethlehem, in a lowly stable that the Savior of the world was born. 
 The Nativity

The Nativity put to the song A Breath of Heaven

The Death and Resurrection

Additional Resources:

Nativity Coloring Pages
Birth of Christ Crossword Puzzle
Nativity Scene Coloring Page
Coloring Page
Put on a skit  
Videos of the life of Christ
Free Nativity Printable Play set
Free Nativity Printable this looks like such a fun resource that includes writing pages, memory games printable Nativity and more.

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