Parent Category: Ellen White Books (N-S)
Category: Story of Jesus
In the little town of Nazareth, nestled among the hills of Galilee, was
the home of Joseph and Mary, who were afterward known as the earthly
parents of Jesus.
Now Joseph was of the lineage, or family, of David; and so, when a
decree was sent out for the people to be taxed, he had to go to
Bethlehem, the city of David, to have his name enrolled. This was a
toilsome journey, as people travelled in those times. Mary, who went
with her husband, was very weary as she climbed the hill on which
How she longed for a comfortable place in which to rest! But the inns
were already full. The rich and proud were well cared for, while these
humble travellers had to find rest in a rude building where cattle were
Joseph and Mary possessed little of earth's riches, but they had the
love of God, and this made them rich in contentment and peace. They
were children of the heavenly King, who was about to give them a
Angels had been watching them while they were on their journey, and
when night came on, and they went to rest, they were not left alone.
Angels were still with them.
There, in that lowly shed, Jesus the Saviour was born and laid in a
manger. In that rude cradle lay the Son of the Highest--He whose
presence had filled the courts of Heaven with glory.
Before He came to the earth, Jesus was the Commander of the angel
hosts. The brightest and most exalted of the sons of the morning
heralded His glory at the creation. They veiled their faces before Him
as He sat upon His throne. They cast their crowns at His feet, and sang
His triumphs as they beheld His greatness.
Yet this glorious Being loved the poor sinner, and took upon Him the
form of a servant, that He might suffer and die for us.
Jesus might have remained at the Father's side, wearing the kingly
crown and the royal robe; but for our sake He chose to exchange the
riches of Heaven for the poverty of earth.
He chose to leave His station of high command, to leave the angels who
loved Him. The adoration of the heavenly throng He chose to exchange
for mockery and abuse by wicked men. From love to us, He accepted a
life of hardship and a death of shame.
All this Christ did to show how much God loves us. He lived on earth to
show how we may honour God by obedience to His will. He did this so that
by following His example we may at last dwell with Him in His heavenly
The priests and rulers among the Jews were not ready to welcome Jesus.
They knew that the Saviour was soon to come, but they expected Him to
be a mighty king who would make them rich and great. They were too
proud to think of the Messiah as being a helpless child.
So when Christ was born, God did not reveal it to them. He sent the
glad news to some shepherds who kept their flocks on the hills around
These were good men, and as they watched their sheep by night, they
talked together about the promised Saviour, and prayed so earnestly for
His coming that God sent bright messengers from His own throne of light
to teach them.
"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.
"And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, good will toward men.
"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord
hath made known unto us.
"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad
the saying which was told them concerning this child.
"And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told
them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered
them in her heart." Luke 2:9-19.