In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God made man and woman to be with him, but they disobeyed his command and were separated from him. However, God had a restoration plan. In the holy scriptures and through Abraham and the prophets, God reveals his plan to send a Saviour, the Messiah.
An angel visits a virgin named Mary and tells her she will become pregnant and give birth to a miracle child. She visits her cousin Elizabeth, who will also bear a son called John. Mary’s child, Jesus, is born in Bethlehem. An angel announces the birth to shepherds in the fields, and they come to see the baby.
The baby is taken to be dedicated to the Lord at the temple in Jerusalem, where Simeon sees him and declares him to be God’s salvation. Twelve years later, at the Passover in Jerusalem, the boy Jesus amazes the temple teachers with his understanding. This account of Christ’s childhood ends with his ’Growing in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man.’
When Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit descends as a dove on him. A voice from heaven declares him to be “My own dear Son.”