1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 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. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 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.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the East and have come to worship Him.
The long awaited sign that the Savior had been born finally appeared in the night sky. They magi knew that the King of the Jews had been born and the prophecy fulfilled. (A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel. Numbers 24:17) The message of the star is the good news that Jesus Christ the Messiah has come to pay for our sins so that we might have our relationship with God restored.
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.
On the very first “Christmas” Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room at the inn. What about this Christmas, is there room for Jesus in your heart? Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart will you let Him in, or like the inn keeper, will you tell Him you have no room?
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.
Over 2000 years ago an angel appeared to the shepherds bringing good news. God had a divine plan for our salvation and Jesus was born to lay down His life for all people. The promised Messiah, the Savior had been born. The good news of the Savior’s birth is the reason for great joy and celebration!
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
The prophecy revealed the birth of Jesus and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and is always with us to the end of the age. This was all part of God’s divine plan for the salvation of man and to restore fellowship between God and man. How wonderful to know that God loves us, is with us and will never leave us.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Christmas is a great opportunity to start teaching children about Jesus. You can find ways to teach them the story of how and why Jesus was born and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. For example, you can read stories from the Bible or children’s books appropriate for their level of understanding, you can sing Christmas carols and talk about their origins, or you can use a nativity scene and other decorations, like a star to explain what they represent. Make the most of this occasion to share Jesus with your family.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year everyone is busy, stressed out, in a hurry, and not always as polite as they can be. As Christians, let’s try to set an example of how to treat others. Let’s be patient, kind and slow to anger and remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.