Unto us a child is born: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! If you haven’t done so already, take time today to reflect on the birth of our Savior as recounted in Luke 2:1-20 (CEB), via BibleGateway.com:

In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists. This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria. Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. Since Joseph belonged to Davids house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to Davids city, called Bethlehem, in Judea. He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.

Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lords angel stood before them, the Lords glory shone around them, and they were terrified.

The angel said, Dont be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you–wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in Davids city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.

When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, Lets go right now to Bethlehem and see whats happened. Lets confirm what the Lord has revealed to us. They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.

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