THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I
have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand
that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall
there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
2:1 The Birth of Jesus
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census
should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2(This was the first
census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned
to their own towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph
was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea,
David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in
Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancé, who was obviously
pregnant by this time.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.
7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in
strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room
for them in the village inn.
The Shepherds and Angels
8 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village,
guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord
appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded
them. They were terribly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them.
"Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!
11 The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born tonight in
Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And this is how you will recognize him:
You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others —
the armies of heaven — praising God:
14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to all whom God favors."
15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each
other, "Come on, let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this wonderful thing that
has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the
baby, lying in the manger. 17 Then the shepherds told everyone what had
happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who
heard the shepherds' story were astonished, 19 but Mary quietly treasured
these things in her heart and thought about them often.
20 The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising
God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child,
just as the angel had said.
Light from the Word.
Imagine the shock of the shepherds on a quiet night
in the field when the angel appeared and announced Jesus' birth!
Can't you just see their jaws drop as the angels begin to sing
"GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE,
GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN!"?
The night turned bright with the glory of the Lord!
The voice spoke with assurance and comfort!
The angels sang with glorious harmony!
The message was "For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!"
He came to save us from sin and separation from God!
He came to save us from eternal death!
He is CHRIST -- "The Anointed One!"
THE One and ONLY Who can save!
He is the LORD!
The Creator has come into creation!
He came bearing GIFTS!
He came to make PEACE with God for all mankind.
He came to demonstrate GOOD WILL to all men from God.
Only God could forgive our sins against God.
Only God could give us His righteousness.
Only God could grant us eternal life when we deserved eternal death.
The CHRIST has come!
No wonder we call it CHRISTmas!
From our family to yours: