What happened to Jesus when he was born?
Luke's Gospel tells us that soon after Jesus was born, he was
visited by poor shepherds who had been told of the birth by angels.
He was circumcised at eight days, according to Jewish custom, and
taken to Jerusalem when he was forty days old, to be presented at
the Temple. Here he was recognised as the Messiah by no less than
two devout Jews, and then the young family travelled safely to
their home in Nazareth.
Matthew's Gospel says that when Jesus was born, magi or
wise men came to Bethlehem from the east to bring gifts and to
worship Jesus, although it was possible that the visit was up to at
least a year after his birth. Herod feared for his throne so
Joseph, being warned in a dream, fled from Bethlehem with Mary and
Jesus to the safety of Egypt. It was only some years later, when
they began to return home from Egypt, that the young family turned
aside and travelled to Nazareth, a city in distant Galilee, instead