Mary stared at her precious tiny baby sleeping soundly in her arms. She looked up at Joseph. “He’s so perfect!” she breathed. “He’s so perfect!”
Joseph smiled back. Baby Jesus was finally born! And God had given Him to their family! Joseph could hardly believe it. He leaned over and took one of the baby’s little hands.
All mothers and fathers are proud of their new babies. They think their babies are special. But Mary and Joseph knew that their baby, Jesus, was truly the most special baby that would ever be born. He was God’s Son. And God had picked them—Mary and Joseph—to take care of this priceless gift that He had sent to the world.
Joseph heard scuffling noises behind him in the stable. He turned around to see what was going on. Shepherds were coming softly through the door. They tiptoed awkwardly across the floor to the place where Mary and Joseph rested on the hay. “We’ve come to see the baby,” they explained. “Angels told us that our Saviour has been born tonight!”
“Angels?” Mary asked wonderingly. “Angels?”
The shepherds told Mary and Joseph all about the most marvelous sight they had seen in the sky only a little while before. They told Mary and Joseph about the glorious music they had heard. The shepherds lingered a long time in the stable. They believed what the angels had told them. They knew that this baby was God’s own special Son. They didn’t want to leave.
Some time later, after Joseph and Mary had moved from the stable to a little house, a group of strangers arrived at their door. They had been following a special star for a long, long time and for many, many miles. And the star had stopped over this house. One of their servants went up to the door. Knock! Knock! Knock!
The door opened and Joseph looked out. He saw camels and servants and important, richly dressed travelers outside—Wise Men from a faraway country. “Come in,” Joseph said in a surprised voice. “Come in.”
The Wise Men went in and saw Mary sitting quietly, holding her baby. They bowed down and worshiped Jesus. Then they gave Mary and Joseph the presents they had brought. They worshiped Jesus with their gifts and their love.
And Mary and Joseph smiled. God had given them a wonderful gift—the Saviour of the world.