Whew! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while guys. I hope I don’t seem like the dissident church member that only posts on Christmas and Easter, but I’ve been so swamped with moving to Georgia back in October, settling in, and now that I’m admin over the WeatherBug Blog, they’ve been working me over there! I’ve got plenty of suggestions for posting here, I just need more time to sit down and do it. I know they’re becoming almost as rare as gems, and my own personal blog has been almost as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. Maybe one of my New Year’s Resolutions should be more blogging. Anyway, here’s my Christmas message to all of you!
During the hustle and bustle of this Christmas season, we mustn’t forget the true Reason for the Season. It’s a gift not wrapped in gold foil, but wrapped in swaddling clothes. A gift not laid under a tree, but laid in a manger and later nailed to a tree. A gift not purchased with silver or gold, but purchased with blood. May we all remember who on this night was born, the precious Lamb of God, the Savior of the World. Here’s how the His coming happened:
Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem
1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.
2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.
7 And she agave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995).
From our family to your family, have a blessed Merry Christmas!