Network Norwich and Norfolk > People > Bloggers > The world-changing story of a baby's birth

The world-changing story of a baby's birth

JesusBabyBy John Betts, chairman of Transforming Norwich
A baby's first cry rang out in the cool night air of a stable. The mother and her partner had travelled a long way to get there, only to find the town packed out with no      accommodation available.
They were there because the Roman Emperor had decreed a census under which every person must return to the hometown of their family, creating hardship and difficulty for many including this couple.
Millions of babies have been born since and none has received such intensive attention. The media will give this birth a great deal of coverage once again this year. The story will be retold in countless school nativity plays through to major productions and a multitude of church services in every known language.
Who were this couple and why has their story become such an international and globally known one?
On the one hand, they were a very ordinary young Jewish couple caught up in national events, on the other hand, they were totally unique people whose story would change the world. Their child, born out of wedlock was, they were told, the Son of God, born to be the Saviour of the world!
They had struggled to understand what the angel had told them, but came to a place of peace and faith. Now, as their child lay in the cattle stall, some very excited shepherds came to visit. They told of having been visited by an angel and sung to by a heavenly choir and they had come to worship the child.
What do you make of this world-changing story? Billions of people since then have looked, listened and stayed to worship Christ the King. The Christ who was born on the first Christmas day transformed my life, my story. He is there for you too.


Arit Essien (Guest) 20/12/2007 20:52
Why do you describe Joseph as Mary's 'partner?'. He was her husband and not partner. If the world choses to dumb down marriage why should a Christian website follow suit? Let's not be afraid of standing to be counted.

Do you appreciate our service and stories?

The Network Norwich & Norfolk website has been published for over 13 years now and we have an established team of professional journalists covering the activities, organisations and churches which make up the county’s Christian community. Our whole purpose is to support that community by daily providing accurate, unbiased stories and features.

To pay for that service, we rely on our partner organisations, advertisers and readers to, in turn, support us financially. We want to keep the website free for everyone to access and continue to be able to pay for writers to produce the content you can enjoy every day.

We would like to ask you to consider supporting our work and suggest you might want to make a small regular donation of just £1 a week and become one of our 100 Friends, or a larger one-off or annual amount.

Because we are part of a registered charity we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations if you are a tax-payer.

Click here to fill out a standing order form and to add an extra 25% for free via Gift Aid

Click below to donate instantly via a credit or debit card or Paypal

 Recommended reading 
Not rated. (1 review / comment)
  • Write a review or comment
  • ImpressBloc640
    Site Search

     Norfolk services........ 


    Twitter-button  facebookbutton


    Sign up for our
    free e-newsletter

    Send us your latest local news and events