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Baby Jesus

Children can learn more about Baby Jesus on this page. (Adults may want to visit our Birth of Jesus page instead.)

God's promises are in the Bible. For many many years before Jesus was born, God promised to send a Savior to save us from our sins. Then Jesus finally was born. He is the One who God sent to save us. Baby Jesus was born in a very special way, not like any other person who ever lived. His mother was a young woman named Mary. That part is normal. But His Father was God. That's very different and special. No one else had God as His Father. Here's how it happened.

An angel tells Mary about Baby Jesus

Mary lived a long time ago in a town called Nazareth, in the land of Israel. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph. One day God sent an angel to her. She was very afraid. But the angel said "Don't be afraid. God loves you very much. You are going to have a special baby son. And you must name him 'Jesus'. He will also be called 'the Son of the Most High God', because God will be His Father. He will be very great, like a king forever and ever." Mary believed what the angel said and trusted in God to help her with Baby Jesus. (Luke 1:26-38)

Angel tells Mary about Baby Jesus. Image located on Web Gallery of Art at https://www.wga.hu.

Joseph & Mary get married. Image located on Web Gallery of Art at https://www.wga.hu.

Joseph and Mary get married

When Mary told Joseph about the special baby God had put in her tummy, at first Joseph did not believe that God could be the Father of the baby. He thought Mary was lying to him. So he was afraid to marry her. But then an angel came to Joseph in a dream and said, "Do not be afraid to marry Mary. In her tummy there is a very special baby boy who was put there by God Himself. You must name him 'Jesus'. He will save His people from their sins." Joseph believed what the angel said and trusted in God. So Joseph married Mary. (Matthew 1:18-25)

Baby Jesus is born

Before Baby Jesus came out of Mary's tummy, Joseph had to take a long trip from Nazareth to the town of Bethlehem. Mary went with him. Many other people had come to Bethlehem at that same time. While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem the time came for the baby to be born. After Baby Jesus was born Mary wrapped him up in cloth very nice and warm. There were so many people in Bethlehem that there was no place for them, not even a bed for Baby Jesus to sleep in! So they laid him in a manger. (Luke 2:1-7) (Note: A manger is a feeding trough used to put food in for animals to eat.)

Baby Jesus is born. Image located on Web Gallery of Art at https://www.wga.hu.

Shepherds visit Baby Jesus

In some fields near Bethlehem there were shepherds keeping watch over their sheep at night. An angel came to them and a bright light from God shone all around them. They were very afraid. But the angel said, "Don't be afraid. I have good news that will make all the people very happy. Today in Bethlehem the Lord and Savior is born. And here is how you will know Him when you see Him. He will be wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger." Then suddenly there were lots and lots of angels with the other angel. And they called out "Hooray for God! God is great! He is very wonderful! May there be peace for all people who believe in Him." After the angels left, the shepherds said, "Let's go to Bethlehem right now and see the baby." So they hurried into Bethlehem and found Baby Jesus in the manger. They told everyone what had happened and what the angels had said to them. (Luke 2:8-20)

Shepherds visit Baby Jesus. Image located on Web Gallery of Art at https://www.wga.hu.

Wisemen visit Baby Jesus

In another faraway land there were some great leaders called "wisemen". (People sometimes call them "Magi" or "the kings of the East".) They came to Jerusalem, a big city in Israel. And they said, "In our land we saw a great light in the sky. We know this star shows that the great king of your people has been born. Where is He? We came to worship Him." A man named "Herod" was king then. When Herod heard about the wisemen he was worried and upset. All the people in the city of Jerusalem were too. So they got men who knew the Bible really well to come and tell what the Bible said about where the Savior King was supposed to be born. The Bible men said "in Bethlehem." Then King Herod said to the wisemen, "Go to Bethlehem and find the child. When you find Him then tell me, because I want to worship Him too." Then the wisemen left Herod. They were very happy to see the star in the sky again. And that special light led them right to the place where Jesus was! They saw Baby Jesus with His mother, Mary. And they fell down to the ground and worshiped Him. They gave him gifts of shiny gold and good-smelling incense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1-11)

Magi visit Baby Jesus. Image located on Web Gallery of Art at https://www.wga.hu.

Baby Jesus escapes to Egypt

In a dream God told the wisemen, "Don't go back to King Herod. Don't tell him where Jesus is." So the wisemen went back to their own land another way. And they did not tell King Herod where Jesus was. After the wisemen left, an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him that King Herod was really very bad and was going to try to kill Baby Jesus. He told Joseph to wake up and take Jesus to the land of Egypt and stay there until God said to come back. So Joseph obeyed God and got up and left for Egypt while it was still night. When Herod's soldiers came to try to kill Baby Jesus they could not find him, because He was already gone to hide in Egypt. Baby Jesus was very safe from bad King Herod there. (Matthew 2:12-18) After King Herod died God told Joseph that he could bring Jesus back to Israel. After that Jesus lived in Nazareth until He grew up, becoming strong and wise. He was the Savior of the world, just like the angel said. (Matthew 2:19-23; Luke 2:40,52; John 3:16; I John 4:14)

Baby Jesus escapes to Egypt. Image located on Web Gallery of Art at https://www.wga.hu.

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