WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ABOUT? THE BIRTH OF JESUS!
Luke 2:1-16 NIV
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.”
If you have watched, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, you have seen Linus tell Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about by reciting parts of Luke 2. But did you ever notice that Linus drops his blanket at a “strategic” part of his recitation? This was Charles Schultz’s way of emphasizing God’s love and protection. Watch the video and notice when Linus lets go of his earthly security and trusts in the Lord.
Let us all trust in the love of God — for He gave us His Son. So fear not, He sends us good tidings of great joy!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE, AND GOD BLESS YOU!
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