Merry Christmas (Eve)
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them…;’Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!’
~ Matthew 2:10-11
God is so amazing! Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the day God sent His only son to be born to this world as a baby who would grow up to save the world. It’s so amazing to think that He came into the world so humbly, not at all like you would expect the King of Kings and Savior of the World to come into being. You would expect Him to have come with a grand entrance to let everyone know He was here, not in a little stable in Bethlehem where hardly anyone knew it was happening. But that’s the kind of God we have, one who came for the poor and for the rich, He came into this world humbly so everyone would feel loved by Him. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
The Birth of Jesus
1 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire.2 This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.3 Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for.4 So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there.5 He went with Mary, his fiancŽe, who was pregnant.
6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.7 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
An Event for Everyone
8 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep.9 Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified.10 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide:11 A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.12 This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:14 Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.”16 They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.17 Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.18 All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.20 The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!