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 their 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 guest room available for them.
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those 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. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)
On this holy night as we anticipate Christmas in the morning, may you let these ancient words sink deep into your soul. This is the story of new beginnings, of hope in the middle of winter, of joy in the midst of chaos. It’s a story that meets us where we’re at and invites us into a miracle.
So no matter where your heart is today, pause, reflect, and rest in the story of the shepherds and the straw, of new decrees and new parents, of heavenly hosts and a baby King. May the twinkling glory of Christmas Eve breathe peace and life into your heart today.Leave a Comment
Amen. Merry Christmas to you all!
Wishing you all continued joy, peace, and courage this season and beyond.
May we all hear God’s voice as he speaks to us. Amen.
Kathleen Burkinshaw says
Thank you for these beautiful faith filled words. Wishing you all a healthy joyful and peace filled Christmas season!
Thank you for the wonderful reminder! Blessings!
Beth Williams says
Christmas is the time for miracles. Think on this: Christmas is a miracle in & of itself. Mary, a virgin, becomes pregnant & gives birth to a Savior. Jesus willingly left the splendor of Heaven, took on the form of man & came to broken Earth to save us from our sins. This year especially I’m asking God to bless everyone healthily, financially & spiritually.
Listen to these three important Christmas songs: “Leaving Heaven” by Matthew West, It’s Called Christmas with a Capital C” by Go Fish & “It’s about the Cross” by GO Fish. They are my favorite Christmas songs as they convey the true meaning of Christmas.
Have a Christ-filled & joyous Christmas.