Little Folk Visuals Bible Lesson Manual

The Birth of
Baby Jesus

SCRIPTURES: Luke 1:26-40; 2:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
AIM: To teach that just as God promised, a Saviour was born in Bethlehem, to a woman named Mary
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 1:21
THE BIBLE IN LIVING SOUND: Vol. 5, tape 41, stories 243

Mary and Joseph at the Inn
First Show Mary, 100, talking to the angel, 9.


Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in the stable
bout six months after Zacharias saw the vision in the Temple, the same angel was sent from the Lord to a city in Galilee named Nazareth which was in the north. There the angel found a young girl named Mary, who was a cousin to Elizabeth. Mary was soon to be married to a good man from the line of King David though he was not himself a king or a rich man. He was a carpenter living in Nazareth and his name was Joseph. The angel came into the room where Mary was and said to her, "Hail, woman favored by the Lord. The Lord is with you!"

Mary was surprised at the angel's words and wondered what they could mean. The angel spoke again. "Do not be afraid, Mary. The Lord has given you His favor and has chosen you to be the mother of a Son whose name shall be Jesus, which means "salvation," because He shall save His people from their sins. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of God. The Lord shall go from the throne of His father David. He shall be a King and shall reign over the people of God forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end."

But Mary could not see how all this was to happen. And the angel said, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and the power of the Most High God shall be over you, and the holy child you shall have shall be called the Son of God."

Then the angel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was soon to also have a child. And when Mary heard all this she said, "I am the servant of the Lord, to do His will. Let it be as you have said."

  Soon after John the Baptist was born, Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth and the fiancee of Mary, had a dream. In his dream he saw an angel of the Lord standing beside him. The angel said to him, "Joseph, I have come to tell you that Mary, the young woman you are to marry, will have a Son. You shall call his name Jesus."

By this Joseph knew that the Child was to be the King of Israel the prophets of the Old Testament had spoken of so many times.

So after Joseph and Mary were married in Nazareth, a command went out from the emperor Augustus Caesar for all the people to go to the cities from which their families had come for the emperor wanted a list of all the people under his rule. Since both Joseph and Mary came from the family of David, they went from Nazareth to Bethlehem to have their names written on the list. You remember that Bethlehem was where David was born and where his father's family had lived for many years.

It was a long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem: down the mountains to the river Jordan, along the Jordan almost to its end and then up the mountains of Judea to the town of Bethlehem. When Joseph and Mary came to Bethlehem, they found the city full of people who had come to have their names written on the list. The inn was full and there was no room for them. The best they could do was go to a stable where the cattle were kept. There the little Baby was born and was laid in a manger where the cattle were fed.