|An image in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where the shepherds have the privilege of being the first to adore the new born king. This shows that Christ identifies himself with the poor and the Jews, the chosen people..|
Only Matthew and Luke give accounts of the birth of Christ. Since Luke goes into great detail, he must have interviewed Mary. Since Matthew directs his Gospel to the Jews, he often quotes Old Testament scripture that refers to Christ. You can see that in the following account of his. Each Gospel complements and reinforces the other.
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us." When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home (Matthew 1:18-24). In humble obedience Joseph follows the Lord’s will.