Jesus is born in Bethlehem. A host of angels announce to shepherds that the Messiah would bring peace on earth.
When being dedicated at the Temple, Simeon and Anna approach the baby Jesus and affirm his special role as the one who will bring salvation to all nations. Throughout it all, Mary treasured all she saw in he heart.
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Joseph and Mary make their way down to Bethlehem to register during the census. Once there, Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for them.
An angel announced his birth to the shepherds followed by a host of angels singing “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14 NIV) The shepherds made their way to Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus and then spread the word to everyone they knew.
They named him Jesus which means: “Yahweh saves.”
At the temple for his dedication two prophets named Simeon and Anna came over to affirm the calling on his life. Simeon said: “For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32 NIV)
At age 12, Jesus and his family went to Jerusalem as they did every year for Passover. They all left except Jesus who they found after traveling and searching for 3 days. He was “in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”” (Luke 2:46-47, 49 NIV)
Throughout Luke 2 we discover
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
“The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.”
“And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:19, 33, 40, 51-52 NIV)