Luke 2:1- 20 (TNIV)The Birth of Jesus 1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that acensus should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (Thiswas the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for thiscensus. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David,he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. Hetraveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He tookwith him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. 6And while they were there, the time came for her baby to beborn.
Luke 2:1- 20 (TNIV)7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snuglyin strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was nolodging available for them.The Shepherds and Angels 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby,guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lordappeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glorysurrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angelreassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you goodnews that will bring great joy to all people.
Luke 2:1- 20 (TNIV)11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born todayin Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him bythis sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth,lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast hostof others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said toeach other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that hashappened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Luke 2:1- 20 (TNIV)16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. Andthere was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, theshepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angelhad said to them about this child. 18 All who heard theshepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all thesethings in her heart and thought about them often. 20 Theshepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising Godfor all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had toldthem.
It is scandalous…a king born likeTAKE HOME that! And who gets to make the announcement? Tell me it’s not so! And his parents…unmarried? How is this story a template for things to come?
It Had Been A Long Wait A hint was given in the garden. Moses told us ‘somebody is coming’. The Prophets painted a large silhouette. Palestine was ripe for Messiah’s rescue.
Key Your Eyes Pealed… a Mighty Steed? A Political Figure? Isaiah tried to tell us…no beauty ormajesty to attract us to him. But there were visions of King of Kings,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He was the divine contradiction…as heproved to be throughout his entire life.
The Little People Ruled The Day Of His Appearance A small town had its name emblazoned on the map. No socialites, these two. Relegated to the barn. Royal clothes…mere cloths.
And The Applause Of Heaven! Farm boys are first to hear news of Godstepping into time and space One angel with joy on his mind. Good News…Great Joy…For allPeople…Christ the Lord…Born over yonder Go find him!
Suddenly Heaven’s Choral Group Glory to God Peace to All
Confession I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I trust Him as my Lord and Savior.
The Shepherds Make The Rounds Off to Bethlehem Found the story to be true…The Infant Messiah Spread the word, indeed!
Can You Be A Character In God’s Story Ever feel a bit the odd man/woman out? Feel left behind? Have a resume with smudges and pothole? Ever fallen flat on your face? Join the crowd…the Jesus crowd
IT’S CHRISTMAS The angels still celebrate his coming to us. Heaven celebrates his kind intentionstoward us. We, like those shepherds, have the BestNews to tell