The Birth of Jesus.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census shoud be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pleged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
What a Beautiful story. This IS the reason we celebrate Christmas! Without Christ there would be not Christmas, nothing to celebrate.
For those who do not know Christ this is just a holiday to to sing songs and give and receive gifts and put up lights and decorations. How empty.
I am thankful I now know the Truth and can celebrate the real reason for this holiday season. For so long I did not celebrate it for the right reason, I didn't even know the real reason. My mom now knows too and my future husband now knows.
God is so good. But He is not done yet! There's more of my family that need to know Him and I am confident they will!
They need to know that Jesus came and was born on this earth. Spent His first night in a manger in a barn. Then grew up and was beaten, taunted, and crucified for the sole purposed to save us from our sins and give us a way to connect with our Creator, our Heavenly Father, God.
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, YOU CAN and I would be more than happy to share with you who Jesus is and who He has been to me and how He has changed my life and well given me life. Send me a comment or an email.
Have a Blessed CHRISTmas!!