The Christmas Story – As Told By Children

Dear friends,

This is one of my favourite retellings of the Christmas story – as told by children. After watching the video, you can find the original text to the story from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter Two, from the Bible. Merry Christmas!

The Original Christmas Story:

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Merry Christmas!

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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2 Responses to The Christmas Story – As Told By Children

  1. Liz Ledarney says:

    Merry Christmas Chris Liza and family.Thank you for this Christmas Story as told by children…I will use it to tell the Christmas Story to my grandchildren…it is so well done in a childlike way. Also quick update on David. He did not fit into Forward House but is doing vey well at ReAct. Recovery Education for Addictions and complex trauma. He has done three weeks of a 90 day program. He says he is learning something everyday ..I have noticed excellent coping skills dealing with his volatile emotions…..very proud of him yet very aware he has a long way to go and continues to need a lot of prayer. Nice to see your family growing in number…dtr in law waiting. Congratulations to Caleb. Love and prayers, Liz >

  2. Peter Brooke says:

    Well done, Chris! The Christmas story, as shown here by the “SPARK” group video, is a simple one told in a simple (yet very creative and relevant) way to simple folks like us. A couple of things struck me in a new way as I read the familiar passage recounting the first Christmas and reflected simultaneously on the video posted here and the new Star movie which my family just saw a couple of days ago… the first thing is that “the glory (manifest presence) of the Lord (the Creator of the universe) shone around them…”.
    (1) We, like the lowly and ordinary shepherds, have daily opportunities to witness the glory of the Lord shining down upon us, but we need to look for this and be expecting His presence to be made known among us and, unlike the shepherds who were terrified, be living conduits for His power, love and peace to flow to others. Many times, His glory is revealed through the simple faith of children, and we miss the opportunity to revel in that because of our busyness, apathy or tendency towards cynicism, which is fuelled by all the bad news of this crazy world we live in.

    (2). The effect of the shepherd’s witness which was simply retelling again and again the awesome news they heard from the angel heralds and the evidence they saw in the flesh of the Messiah and Son of God come down to earth (John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”) was that “everyone who heard it marvelled”. We often discount our own witness, thinking we don’t have a dynamic testimony of “I once was lost but now I’m found” such as that of John Newton, author of those words in the hymn Amazing Grace. But each of us has a story to tell, specifically of how God rescued us from our sinful state (our “self-tyranny”) through the sacrifice of His own Son and that, even though we are so undeserving of His grace and mercy, He sees fit to heap every spiritual blessing (see Psalm 103:1-5 for a sampling) on us as His redeemed sons and daughters! When we stand in awe of what He has done and faithfully pass this on, in whatever capacity He has granted us in this life, for the time we have on earth, others cannot help but marvel, not at us (how great we are), but at the marvellous Saviour we worship and the awesome unchanging God we serve!

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