Mary was so busy with her thoughts that she jumped when she heard the voice. She had been thinking of her wedding day and marrying Joseph.
She turned to look and her eyes grew round with surprise.
For there, by the door, stood a shining angel!
“I bring good news Mary,” Angel Gabriel said gently. “God has a wonderful plan for you. You are going to have a baby – a very special baby. His name is Jesus. He will be God’s promised King. God himself will be His Father.”
And all night long the shepherds watched out for danger.
All was dark. All was quiet.
Then suddenly the sky blazed with light, too bright to look at. An angel was standing there. He spoke to the shepherds in a loud, clear voice:
“Good news! Today in Bethlehem, your King is born. God’s promised King! Go and see for yourselves! You will find him lying in a manger!”
At once the sky was full of angel voices:
“Glory to God in Heaven and peace on earth!”
And the shepherds hurried off to Bethlehem.
Visitors from the East
Some visitors from the East had heard of a new king. They saw a bright new star shining in the sky - a new star for a new king. They followed it to Bethlehem. It shone in the sky right over the place where Jesus was.
“At last, we have found the new king,” they said, as they knelt down before him. Then out of their bags came the presents they had brought him.