Dr Luke in the Gospel Luke 2:1-7, relates the birth of Christ with the fact of Augustus decree everyone in the Roman Empire must register to be taxed. Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem to be counted in the census as they lived in Nazareth. They found no place in the inn to stay but found a stable as Christ was due to be born. There were no on – line, text voting, letters, proxy voting at the time. At the same time the 3 Virgin birth was being fulfilled from Adam to Abraham 2000 years in Genesis 3, plus 2000 years from Abraham to Luke 1, and 2000 years from Jesus to us in Revelation 12. This Bible Story of birth of Jesus as Dr Luke tells us, is a real true Living History of Christ on earth. The child born by Mary supported by Joseph in Bethlehem. She gave birth to her first born son wrapped in cloths and laid Him in a manger as there was no room in the inn.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,” as prophesied Isaiah 9:6. The birth place of Christ forms part of Sacred sites of Christmas story. ‘Jesus Christ was born as an ordinary man under extraordinary circumstances to save all mankind.
In the centre of the altar is a 4-meter-wide silver star hole surrounded by a railing providing a view of what remains of the manger where Christ was born. The birthplace of Jesus Christ is this spot hallowed site for Christians all over the world marked by the star and lit daily. The Star of Bethlehem close up in Latin inscription reads, “Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born in 1717.
The Birth Place of Christ has star marking the spot where Jesus was born in Bethlehem now covered by Church of Nativity. The site of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, Israel is the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square in Jerusalem Israel. Nativity means native birth place of origin where one is born. The altar is decorated with beautiful mosaics and artwork.
The Church of Nativity, located in the heart of Bethlehem, is the most sacred site in Christian faith. The Nativity Church Bethlehem is the oldest church in Israel. This church continuously functions in the world since the birth of Christ. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site located over the cave that marks the birth place of Jesus.
The Church of the Nativity site’s original basilica was completed in 339 AD and destroyed by fire during the Samaritan revolts in 6th Century AD. A new basilica was built 565 AD by Justinian, the Byzantine Emperor, restoring the original architecture. The site of the Church of the Nativity has numerous additions since second reconstruction, including prominent bell towers. A new basilica was built 565 AD by Justinian, Byzantine Emperor, restoring the original architecture. In Matthew 1:18-2:12, the birth of Christ is also recorded. The celebration of the birth of Christ is called Christmas.In Matthew 1:18-2:12, birth of Christ is also recorded. The celebration of the birth of Christ is called Christmas.The word “Christmas” comes from an Old English term Cristes Maesse or the “Mass of Christ,” first found recorded in A.D. 1038. Big crowds return to enjoy merry Christmas in Bethlehem lit by Christmas lights. From all over the world Christian believers d from various Churches and families, groups and individuals travel to Israel to experience the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas processions pass through Manger Square, the plaza outside Basilica of the Nativity. Catholic services take place in St Catherine’s Church and Protestants often hold services at Shepherds’ Field. So each year Christian believers commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. So the celebration of Christmas mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebration of the church, by by the people to remember Jesus’ Christ’s birth. Christ mass liturgy is the name of sacrament communion Eucharist, Divine Service, worship of entire church service. Christ is a Jew native of Bethlehem in Jerusalem but now in heaven.
Thousands of Christian believers visit Jerusalem each year to see Christ’s Native birthplace. To complete season’s eating, live concerts to commemorate event. Christ and parents lived in a house in Bethlehem. Then moved to Nazareth after returning from Egypt to hide from Herod’s attempt to kill Jesus. Christ said His Kingdom is not of this world but Christian honour to keep memory life of Christ alive.
UNESCO’s World Heritage committee has approved a Palestinian bid to place the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on its list of sites of World Heritage. The map shows Christ’s birth place in Bethlehem city Jerusalem, Israel. It is good to give thanks to God everyday for the birth and ministry of Christ Jesus.
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Simon Dewey Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus in Bethlehem.