Jesus’ Birthday – Luke 2: 1-20
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered.4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and 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 heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Merry Christmas~!!! Christ is Born, and Peace onto the world.
I keep on ponder about the night Christ was born.
It was a night, so silent. All people where displaced, or unwilling on travel, because there was a decree. Under these harsh circumstances, who would have any peace? The night before Christ was born, there seemed to be no peace on earth.
Neither was it a holiday when everyone was constantly preparing something. It was a quiet night. Only the shepherds on the field heard the news. These could have been the outcasts. They were the only ones who heard about the newborn baby and found their ways to worship him.
The baby was born in a small and quiet manger. It wasn’t fancy as the Christmas nativity scene display. It signifies the humble life of our King, who comes to bring peace.
Only the heavenly host knows the depth of this gift.
Did we celebrate this gift the way it was celebrated that night?
How can we have this peace of God reign in our lives so that we can share it?
Pray that this Christmas will be a time where we can find answers to this questions.
Merry Christmas, our Saviour is Born!
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