On the night when Jesus was born a strange thing happened. In the nearby hills where a group of shepherds slept outside there was a sudden, loud noise that woke them. As they sat up one cried out.
“Look!” He pointed to the sky and the others looked up. There was a bright light, bigger than any star and it seemed to get bigger as it came closer.
“Listen, listen, do you hear the music?” The others stopped talking about the light in the sky and were quiet. Far away, but coming closer, they heard singing. Then the whole sky was filled with light. The shepherds saw an angel standing in front of them.
The angel said. “Do not be afraid, A Savior has been born tonight. You will know it is true when you see a baby in a manger.”
Then suddenly, there were angels all around the shepherds. The angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to the men who please Him.”
The music was soft, but it seemed to shake the very ground. The shepherds fell on their knees and blessed God for allowing them to see and hear such special things. When it was dark again, they stared at each other.
“Was I dreaming?” One asked.
No, they knew it was for real. The shepherds gathered the sheep and headed for Bethlehem. As they neared the village, they noticed the giant star was standing still over a certain hillside. They saw a cave there and noticed people inside. The shepherds went to look and there was the baby the angels had told them about!
They knelt and worshiped Him as King and Savior as Mary and Joseph watched. Mary knew she would never forget that night. A while later, Mary and Joseph had some very important visitors. They were wise men from faraway lands in the east. They had seen the bright star in the night skies. They believed something great had happened. So they traveled a long distance to see the King Herod in Jerusalem.
“We believe a King of the Jews has been born. We saw His star in the east and we have come to worship Him.” They said to Herod.
Herod knew nothing about Jesus’ birth so he asked the religious leaders. “Where is the King of the Jews supposed to be born?”
“In Bethlehem,” they answered. They knew the answer because that was what the prophets had said many, many years earlier.