1. Who wanted to kill baby Jesus?

King Herod

King Herod had lied when he said he wanted to worship Jesus. He had heard stories that Jesus would grow up to be a king and was afraid of losing his power. However, Jesus’ kingdom was to be a spiritual kingdom of God, not an earthly kingdom like Herod’s.

God told the wise men in a dream not to go back and tell Herod where Jesus was. When Herod found out he had been tricked, he was furious and ordered all the baby boys in Bethlehem to be killed. Mary and Joseph had to leave and go to Egypt to protect Jesus.


2. Why was Jesus a very special baby?

He was the Son of God.

God sent his son, Jesus, to live as a man on earth to tell us how to be good people and show us how we can be part of God’s kingdom and live forever with God. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV


  1. How many magi visit Christ after his birth, according to the Bible?

An undisclosed number

Christian tradition has numbered the magi at three, probably because three gifts were given (gold, frankincense, and myrrh.) Tradition has even given names to the wise men– Melchior, Kaspar, and Baltazar. However, the Bible itself does not disclose the number of magi who visited Christ.


 4. What city was Jesus born in?


The CHRISTMAS story, the story of Jesus’ birth, is told in the Bible in Matthew Chapter 2 and Luke Chapter 2. Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, were traveling to the city of Bethlehem in what is now the country of Israel. The Inn at Bethlehem was already full when they got there, so they had to spend the night in a stable or cave where animals were kept.

That night, Jesus was born and Mary laid him down in a manger which is a feeding trough for animals. Jesus never had a lot of money, a big house or fancy clothes, and the simple way he was born and lived shows us we don’t need those things to be happy and important to God.



5. How did the wise men who visited baby Jesus find him?

They followed a bright star.

Wise men from the Orient saw a special star in the sky and recognized it as a sign that Jesus had been born. They traveled many miles to come worship the baby Jesus.

King Herod told the wise men to let him know when they found Jesus so he could worship him too.



6. What presents did the wise men bring to baby Jesus?

frankincense and myrrh

The presents the wise men brought for Jesus were among the finest things in the ancient world. Frankincense is burned to make a sweet smell and myrrh is a fine perfume.


  1. Where do we find “the magnificat”?


This is the name given to Mary’s spontaneous praise, which begins, “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (See Luke 1:46-55).

  1. Where is Christ when the magi come to visit Him?

In a house

Though our traditional manger scenes usually place the magi at the manger, they did not, in fact, visit Christ until he was a “young child” and came to him in a house. (See Matthew 2:11.)

  1. When was Christ circumcised?

At eight days old

Isaac was the first to be circumcised at eight days old, which became the customary time for the circumcision. The “Feast of the Circumcision” falls on January 1st (eight days after the traditional nativity date).

  1. Who speaks words to the pregnant Mary that have become a part of the Catholic Church’s “Hail Mary”?


When Elizabeth sees Mary, she says, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” (Luke 1:42). Part of the Hail Mary also comes from Gabriel’s greeting to Mary: “Hail, thou that art highly favored; the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28).

  1. Christ was laid in a manger. What is a manger?

A feeding trough

Many non-biblical traditions have Christ being born in a cave, perhaps because animals may have been kept safe in a covering hewn out from rock. Animals may also have, in many cases, been kept on the first floor of a house. A manger is a feeding trough for animals, which Mary used as a cradle.


  1. Which Gospel(s) speak of the events surrounding Christ’s birth?
   Matthew and Luke


Matthew alone includes the story of the magi, as told in chapter two of his Gospel. Luke alone includes the details of the birth of Christ’s cousin, John the Baptist, and of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth during her own pregnancy. Mark begins in medias res, with Christ’s ministry, and John does too, after first describing Christ as being with God in the beginning.




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