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The story of the birth of Jesus
The Virgin Mary was inspired by the Holy Spirit in Nazareth and was pregnant with a baby boy. Soon, the Roman Emperor Augustus ordered the census population, and the working Maria and her husband Joseph went to Bethlehem to declare their accounts. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the rooms in the city were full, and they had to spend the night in a stable, and on this night, Mary gave birth to Jesus. At that time, Maria wrapped the baby in a cloth and placed it in the manger, so that the manger became the cradle of the baby Jesus.
At this time there were shepherds in the wilderness of Bethlehem, who watched the flock more at night. The angels of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shined upon them. The shepherds were afraid, and they said to them, "Don't be afraid! The message that I am giving you great joy is about the people; for today in the city of David, the Savior was born for you, the Lord Christ. You To see a baby, wrapped in cloth, lying in the manger, that is the mark." Suddenly, there was a large team of Heavenly Soldiers who said to the praise of God that the glory to God in the highest place! Peace on the ground to the people he is pleased!
The angels left them and went up to heaven. The shepherds said to each other, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see what is done, that the Lord has directed us." They hurried to find Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the manger. Since I saw it, I spread the words of the angel on this child. Everyone who heard it was surprised by what the shepherd said to them. Mary has put all these things in her heart and repeated thoughts. The shepherd went back, because everything he saw was heard, as the angel said to them, and he glorified God and praised him.
At the same time, a dazzling new star appeared in Bethlehem, and the three doctors of the East came along the guide of the stars, worshipping Jesus in the manger and kneeling, and presented gifts. The next day, they returned to China to release this good news.
Christmas tree legend
It is said that a long time ago, a kind-hearted peasant rescued a poor child who was hungry and cold on a snowy Christmas night and let him have a hearty Christmas dinner. When the child left, he folded a pine branch and put it on the ground and blessed: "There is a gift full of branches, leave this beautiful fir branch and repay your kindness." After the child left, the peasant found that the branch turned into a The little tree was covered with gifts, and he realized that he was originally a messenger of God.
The Christmas tree really appeared in Christmas, first seen in Germany, and then introduced to Europe and the United States, becoming an indispensable decoration for Christmas. The Christmas tree is always full of dazzling accessories and gifts. In fact, they all have their meaning behind them:
The prototype of the Christmas tree is a holly. Because the tree is triangular, it was first regarded as a symbol of the "trinity" by the 16th century believers. Also because it does not die in winter, it symbolizes a long-lasting life;
The star at the top of the Christmas tree symbolizes the star of Bethlehem. It reveals the birthplace of Jesus and guides Dr. Dongfang to find Jesus. Symbolizes the salvation of Jesus, the glory of Christ, the eternal hope of mankind;
The cedar tree represents the identity of the king of Jesus;
The thorny leaves of European Holly symbolize the "thorn crown" on the top of the head of Jesus' crucifixion, and the red fruit represents the blood that Jesus shed;
Silver/white ribbons represent the holiness of Jesus Christ, and the golden ribbon represents glory;
The prototype of the Christmas ball is an apple, symbolizing the rich supply of heaven on the heavens Eden;
The prototype of the bell is the bell in the hands of the shepherd. The shepherd shakes it to make the lost sheep look back to the shepherd, meaning the lost people find the good shepherd of God.
The prototype of the cane is the cane of the shepherd in the wilderness, and the shepherd uses it to pull the lamb that has fallen into the trap. The inverted cane is similar to the initial "J" of Jesus Jesus, and therefore also means Jesus;
The candle is a symbol of the Christmas Eve starlight and represents our gratitude to the star of Bethlehem;
The bow symbolizes that we should be closely linked by God's eternal love;
The round Christmas wreath has not begun without ending, symbolizing that God's love for us has no beginning and no end;
Putting gifts under the Christmas tree, from the three doctors to the baby Jesus, symbolizing that people should offer Christ the most precious things in life;
When you light up the Christmas lights, remember that Jesus brought light and God into the darkness of life.