The kids are right - Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a
stable. And that's the reason we celebrate Christmas.
In some churches, a church service is called a
"Mass." And the "Christ Mass" is a special
church service to celebrate the birth of Jesus. That's where we get
our word "Christmas," a day we set aside to honor the birth of
One of the things I like about this story is that it shows
that God loves us no matter what it might look like around us. Jesus
was born in a stable, which is a place where animals are kept. He
had to sleep in a manger, which is the box where you put the food for
God loved Jesus, his only Son, and He told Jesus this many
For instance, when Jesus was baptized, a voice from heaven
said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.' "
(Matthew 3:17, NIV).
Wouldn't you think if God loved Jesus so much, He would
have given Him a
better place to be born? at least a nice clean bed to sleep in?
But instead, Jesus came into the world just like many of
the rest of us. Not in a palace, but in a very ordinary
So don't think that if you don't live in a palace that
God doesn't love you as much as He loves other people.
God loves you no matter what it might look like where you live.
Where you live doesn't make you special to God.
You're special to Him because He created you. He made you different
than anyone else around you, and different than anyone else who has ever
been born. Your eyes are different, your hair is different, even
your fingerprints are different.
The Bible says that God knew each one of us before we're even born.
God knew YOU before you were born, too, and has a purpose for
If you don't feel very special, or wonder if God really loves you, remember where Jesus was born.
And then remember that He loves you very much, too.
P.S. You can still visit Bethlehem today
in the country of Israel. Although the stable where he was born
has been gone for a long time (it would be 2,000 years old!), a church
was built on the spot where they believe Jesus was born.
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