By now many of you are probably celebrating or in the process of celebrating Christmas. We are getting ready to head off to our candlelight Christmas Eve service at the church. Then back home to tuck some excited children into bed in anticipation of Christmas Day tomorrow.
Every year I read the Christmas story and it never ceases to amaze me just how wonderful it truly is. The birth of Jesus in a stable, away from glory and fame.
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18-25)
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Happy Birthday Jesus
And just like that, his name was Jesus. Jesus, our Savior. The angels must have been singing in chorus as a praise to the Lord.
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.”
From my family to your’s have a blessed Christmas.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home