Luke 2:1-21

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

 

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

 

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

 

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

 

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

 

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

 

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 


 

The glory of God's promises fulfilled is to be found wrapped in a manger. Christmas is a time for Peace on Earth. The peace brought by Jesus Christ; our risen Lord and Saviour. That peace is meant to be shared with those who may not know the reason for the season. Shared with everyone you have ever cared for and even those you do not yet know. Do not let this Christmas season pass without telling those closest to you how you feel. Call up that old roommate. Visit that old school teacher. Wish that lonely aunt a Merry Christmas in person. Feed the hungry. Clothe the poor. Smile at the haggard store clerk as they ring up your order. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to forgive. We can all bring a little peace on earth and show some goodwill toward men. May you have a

Merry Christmas! God Bless!

 

 

John 3:16

 

 

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