Kahikatea Tree at Papakura South School

Kahikatea Tree at Papakura South School
Martha-Lee and Madeline

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Explanation: The Nativity Story

A long time ago in Nazareth there lived a lady called Mary who was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. One night Mary was sent an angel from God, called Gabriel, who told Mary she would bear a child and she should name him Jesus.
Soon after that Mary and Joseph were married. Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem, where Joseph came from, to pay a special tax. When they got there a lot of other people had come to pay their taxes. Mary was tired and needed a place to rest. The inn was full but a kind inn-keeper said he had a stable and they were welcome to stay there. Mary took the offer and thanked the inn-keeper and went to the stable. On that dark night Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. They wrapped him in sheets and lay him in a manger.
On a mountain there were two shepherds looking after their sheep. When a bright light shone over them an angel told them that a new king was born and they must call him Jesus. From far away there were three wise men that saw a new star in the sky. They studied it and found out that when a new star is in the sky it means a new king is born. They set off to find the baby. They went to King Herod to ask him if he knew where the new king was born. King Herod was troubled so he told the wise men to find the baby and come back to tell him where he is so that he could worship him.
The wise men found the baby and gave him gifts like gold, frankincense and myrrh. Joseph had a dream that baby Jesus was in danger so they escaped to Egypt. When the three wise men did not return to King Herod’s palace, he ordered that all the baby boys in Bethlehem be killed. Luckily baby Jesus was safe in Egypt. And this is how the saviour of the world was born on Christmas day.

By Shar (Grade 4)