Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Greatest Message of All

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 manger.”

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. 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).


  1. Merry Christmas Eve Heartsill family!

    ~ Holly Jolly Heidi ~

  2. Yes, Amen.

    We read this story every Chritsmas morning. One of the key things I picked up on - "they hurried off" - the shepherds couldn't hurry anywhere with their flocks so they ditched them to go into town.

    And second, "...which the Lord has told us about." The angels had just told the shepherds that Christ the Lord has been born, yet they knew that the message came from the Lord.

    And what a birth announcement! The Hots of Heaven - a multitude of angels filling the sky - praising God! I'll never look at one of those photo-cards we get when our friends have babies the same.

  3. Merry Christmas!! Have a blessed day with your family. I am thankful to hear that all turned out well with your lil one.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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