Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas

I thought I would share the Christmas story with you today. This time of year it is really important to remember who the real gift at Christmas is, Jesus!

From Luke Chapter 2

And it came to pass in those days that a decree when out from Caesar Augustus that all in the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. and she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 


Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angle said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"


So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." And the came with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely know the saying which was told them concerning the Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.




Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. It is a time to reflect on our lives, our journey and where God has brought us in the past year, but it is also a time to praise God for the gift of his Son. I am so thankful that God chose to come to the world, to be born in the humblest of places, for me. This is where Jesus' earthly journey begins and it is exciting! Like the shepherds we too should marvel at the birth of our Savior, and praise God for his Son and the blessing that he has bestowed upon us.

Merry Christmas!

Joy


P.S. See you next year!

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