The town was full of people because of the Roman census.
There may well have been a Jewish feast happening at the same time.
One of the few private places available for Jesus’ birth was in the sheep or cattle stall.
After Jesus was born Mary wrapped Him in a soft cloth and placed Him in the animals’ feeding trough which served as His cot, or crib, or bassinette, or cradle.
Jesus was born, died on a cross, and rose again on the third day! He was the Messiah and Son of God. He will return as a reigning King.
Genesis 3:14-16 talks about this birth and the book of Revelation talks about His final triumph over Satan.
Question: Was Jesus born in a house or a stable/barn?
- The shepherds found Jesus as a newly-born baby (Greek brephos).
Background Reading: – The Birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem
6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby, 7 and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no place for them in the guest quarters.
The Birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem
18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah happened in this way. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they lived together she was discovered to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to disgrace her, decided to divorce her secretly.
20 After he had thought about it, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” he said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he is the one who will save his people from their sins.”
22 Now all this happened to fulfill what was declared by the Lord through the prophet when he said,
23 “See, a virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel,”nwhich means, “God with us.”
24 When Joseph got up from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary as his wife. 25 He did not have marital relations with her until she had given birth to a son; and he named him Jesus.
Jesus was born and then had to grow up as any baby does to become an adult.
Jesus was born in a feeding place (Greek phatane – feeding place), where the animals lived.
Possibly the only private place in a town where many were living in the open.
They had come because of the Roman census or headcount.
On completion of the census, they would all return to their hometowns.
The Jewish custom at the birth of a child born in a physical house was that musicians played if it was a boy, but they went away without playing if it was a girl.
Jesus was born in a common courtyard, not a house. So no musicians were on hand to play. But God provided heavenly musicians, i.e. angels, who told the shepherds, who then went to visit the newly born baby.
Tradition has Jesus born in a stable.
The more likely place was a rock cave for animals or a sheep pen with three sides.
Maybe He also was born about the time of ‘The Feast of Sukkot’, also called the Feast of Ingathering, or the Feast of Booths.
The family tree of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew is through the legal line of Joseph, and the family tree of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke is through the bloodline of Mary.
Other modules in this unit:
- The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary about the birth of Jesus
- Mary got a visit from the angel Gabriel
- Elizabeth got a visit from Mary
- Mary offered a hymn of praise to God
- An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream
- Joseph goes to Bethlehem
- Mary traveled with Joseph on a donkey
- Jesus a newly born baby
- Shepherds keeping watch
- Angels praised God for the birth of Jesus
- Jesus at 40 days old was taken to the Temple
- Simeon blesses Jesus
- Anna the Prophetess
- Magi traveled from the East to find Jesus
- The visit of the Magi to Herod
- Magi followed the star to a house
- Jesus as a child in a house
- Joseph takes Jesus and escapes to Egypt
- King Herod the Great plans how to kill Jesus
- The return from Egypt to Nazareth
- Jesus about twelve years old
- The cross is still to come
- Questions and Answers 1-11
- Questions and Answers 12-23
- Timeline for Birth of Jesus – The Christmas Story
- Background Information – Birth of Jesus – The Christmas Story
- Resources – Birth of Jesus
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