And they put forth a story

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh…” Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 2 vs 11.

Joseph, born in Bethlehem himself, wanted his first child to be born there. He and Mary journeyed to that village — peasant stock, mainly shepherds and farmers. They arrived late, that is after sundown and even though his family was no doubt willing to wake up some members to make room for the couple, just as we might do today for our family, Joseph told them not to worry to do so they would make do with the stable for the night.

It is not clear whether Mary arrived walking or riding on a donkey. One would hardly believe that she would have walked those several miles through the Jordan valley and up the mountains of Judea in the late stage of pregnancy.

In the night she went into labour. One can only imagine how Joseph reacted. No doubt he had to wake his relatives who would summon the mid-wife. The biblical accounts make that first child’s birth seem like a breeze and Mary and Joseph knew exactly what to do. How many of us as first parents know what to do even if we attend pre-natal classes.

Yes, the baby was laid in a manger — a raised tub into which grain and or water was poured to feed the animals — so it was a needed container for the shepherd/farmer. Where I lived for the first 21 years of my life we had a manger for the animals but it was made of concrete.

The next day bright and early, as we would say, the family organised a room for the couple and the baby. And it was in that house that Matthew’s Gospel records the visit, some days later, of three wise men who came to see “Yeshua” that being his real name, with the Greek form being Jesus.

Now the other part of the story in which the church says God is Love, God is soul, and each of us has a soul — that which is made in the image of God. The church says marriage is sacred and holy so why would God need to abridge that holy state when he could easily have created another soul and body just as he did with the “first parents?”

Yes, Jesus is special as he became the first human with a soul with the potential to become divine – like unto the Father. Yeshua was the son of Mary and Joseph. Vide: Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 4 vs 21 “And he began to say unto them, This day is the scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Vs 22 “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, ‘Is this not Joseph’s son?’

The answer is, yes!

And that is the story.

— Michael Rudder

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