We are twelve days away from Christmas (I hear THAT song in my head now) and all our gifts are wrapped and I don’t have to wrestle the crowds or stand in tedious lines. Oh, what a glorious feeling.
Although Christmas is a time of giving and spending precious moments with our families, every now and then I need a reminder of what Christmas is all about, and I’d like to share with you the story of the birth of Christ as found in the Book of Luke.
And it happened in those days there came out a decree from Caesar Augustus to register all the inhabited world. This first census was while Quirinius was governing Syria. And all were going to be registered, each to his own city. And Joseph went up from Galilee to the city of Nazareth to Judea to a city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was out of the house and clan of David, to be registered with Miriam (Mary), who was big with child, to whom he had become betrothed. And it happened while they were there the days were completed for her to bear the child. And she delivered her son, the Firstborn, and she wrapped Him and she laid Him in a manger, because there was not a place for them in the inn.
And shepherds were in this field, living out of doors and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they feared a great fear. Then the angel said to them, “You must not be afraid, for behold I have good news for you, great joy which will be for all the people, because this day in the city of David a Saviour was born for you, Who is Messiah, Lord. And this will be a sign to you, you will find an infant wrapped and lying in a stall.” Then suddenly there were with the angel a great number of heavenly hosts praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace and good will among men.”