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The Birth of Jesus The Nativity Story Appendix 5
Mary and the Angel About two ___1___ years ago, in the town of Nazareth, there lived a young __2___ named Mary. She was engaged to be married to ___3___, a carpenter. One day an __4__ appeared before her and told her she had been chosen to have a special baby. The baby would be __5__'s son and she must call him ___6___.
Journey to Bethlehem Soon after the angel's visit, Mary __7__ Joseph were married. Mary was due _8_ have her baby when they were told they had to go on a long __9__ to Bethlehem, which was where Joseph came __10__. This was because they had to pay a special tax. Mary had to ride on a __11___ for a few days over the hills of Gallilee.
No Room at the Inn At last Mary and Joseph ___12___ in Bethlehem. It was crowded with other people _13_ needed to pay their taxes. Mary _14_ very tired and needed a place _15_ stay. At each inn, the story was the same. There was no __16__ for them. Eventually, one kind innkeeper said he had a stable where he kept his ___17___. They were welcome to stay there.
Jesus is Born And so it _18__(be) that a few hours later, Mary _19__(give) birth to her son in that stable. She __20___(wrap) Jesus in strips of cloth and __21__(lay) Him in a manger full of hay.
Shepherds hear News _22_ the same time, _23_ a hillside overlooking Bethlehem, some shepherds were watching over their sheep. A bright light appeared _24_ the sky. They were very afraid. It was an angel sent _25_ God. The angel told them not _26_ be afraid, because he had some good news. He said the Son _27_ God had been born and they would find Him _28_ Bethlehem.
Shepherds give Gifts The shepherds wanted _29_(go) and see the baby. When they arrived at the stable, they _30_(be) filled with joy at seeing Jesus _31_(lie) in the manger. They knelt down and _32_(worship) Him. They told Mary and Joseph how the angel had _33_(appear) in the sky and told them that Jesus was to be the Saviour of the world.
A New Star Appears Far away _34_ the East, Wise Men saw a new star shining high in _35_ sky. These men studied the stars and they knew this _36_ a very special star. They studied their scrolls where _37_ said that whenever a bright new star appeared it meant _38_ a great ruler had been born.
Following the Star The Wise Men decided _39_(find) this new ruler. They went to Jerusalem _40_(see) King Herod, as they thought the baby would be in the palace. They _41_(ask) to see the child that would be King of the Jews. The king _42_(be) troubled. He thought this new king may _43_(take) away his throne. He told them _44_ ( return) when they had found the baby so that he could _45_(worship) the child himself.
Wise Men give Gifts The Wise Men set off to find the baby. They were guided _46_ the star to the stable in Bethlehem. Here _47_ knelt down and worshipped Jesus. They _48_ him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. That night, the men had _49_ same dream where an angel warned them that King Herod wanted _50_ kill Jesus and told them not to go back to his palace.
Jesus is Safe The Wise Men _52_ back to their own country without calling to see Herod. Soon after Joseph had a dream where an angel told _53_ to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt as King Herod _54_ ordered that Jesus be killed. They left Bethlehem right away. When the wise men did _55_ return, Herod ordered that baby boys in Bethlehem be killed. They did not find Jesus _56_ he was safe
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