The Bible Gateway shares an informative graphic of the Christmas Story timeline. The chart shows the people and events of the Christmas story.

This visualization traces the Christmas story as told in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, showing you who is with whom throughout the story. Verse references are provided so you can look up each event in the Bible for details.

Each line represents a person, and the narrative unfolds as you follow from left to right. When character lines meet up and run alongside each other, those characters were together during that event. It starts with the angel Gabriel appearing to Zechariah and ends with the return to Nazareth of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

The Birth of Jesus Timeline

Luke 2:6-21 (KJV)

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

18 Comments CherryPie on Dec 23rd 2017

18 Responses to “The Birth of Jesus”

  1. Alan says:

    Isn’t that all rather clinical? It makes me of the London Tube map!

    • CherryPie says:

      It is supposed to make the timing of the events easier to see. Especially as the events as contained in the bible are not presented in chronological order.

  2. The Yum List says:

    What a great visual!

  3. shabana says:

    Will you believe dear Cherie that i was looking for all over for the story you shared today as i was so curious to know the story of christmas .Than you so much for making my day ,this is heartwarming and so touching

  4. shabana says:

    I wanted to tell my friend that the peek into your cozy beautiful house is incredible and loved the elegant christmas tree so much!!!

  5. Ayush Basu says:

    this is unlike anything i have ever seen on this subject so far, CP!

  6. James Higham says:

    Very nicely done indeed.

  7. This chart is so complete.

  8. J_on_tour says:

    Respect for publishing this, despite it looking like a tube map, people these days are going through the motions of Christmas traditions in their own families and the shops bombard us with advertising to keep their yearly sales figures up.

    • CherryPie says:

      I quite like the infographic it is helpful for those have not read the accounts in chronological order.

      Shops, however I try to avoid as much as possible.

  9. Amfortas says:

    What excellent news you bring. :)