Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's hometown, for the census. As a decendant of David he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancee, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the hostel.

There were shepherds camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: "Glory to God in the heavenly heights; Peace to all men and women on earth who please Him."

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told! ~ Luke 2:1-20

4 Comments:

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Ed Darrell said...

While you're at it: The ACLU defends the Bill of Rights, unconditionally. In the future, when you take out after the ACLU, would you specify which parts of the Bill of Rights offend you? I gather that you prefer repeal of the First Amendment in this case. Are there others you want to delete?

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Cephus Rocks said...

Wow. Ed, this is a surprising reaction to a Christmas post. Where in this blog is it suggested that the First Amendment be repealed?

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Ed, you are something else.
Anyone else posting that I would have assumed it was a joke. You've got to calm down, Ed. Not for my sake.... but for your own.

Anyway, thanks for the post Cephus. Cephus? Is that aramiac for 'rock'?

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Cephus Rocks said...

Yes it is Doug. I'm hoping to have some fun with this. I'd like to hear readers say that my posts rock or something like that. Meanwhile it calls attention to the NT which cannot be all that bad can it?

 

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