As I was considering what to write today to encourage us on our journey, I imagined us on a road trip together, maybe even along historic Route 66. Up ahead we see lots of cars stopping. On the interstate this can only mean one thing–an accident has occurred and you’re definitely going to be delayed. But on a two-lane highway, like Route 66, brake lights can also mean there’s something ahead worth stopping to see.
Imagine a Christmas in July sale, and not just a junky store, but one where they sell the finest of Christmas decorations and at an incredible savings. So, along with the crowd we stop and walk inside only to find the shelves empty. We wonder if we’ve missed it, when we hear the quiet voice of a white-haired man talking in the corner. Sitting on an old milking stool he captures the attention of everyone in the musty room. Let’s listen in…
A Savior is born! Glory to God, Peace to man!
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was 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 those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Some of the most familiar and happy words of Christmas are these from Luke 2:
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:11–14).
I want to exult with you this Christmas over the wonders in this text, with our focus mainly on verse 14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
It Was a Real Day
“For unto you is born this day . . .” (verse 11). It happened on a day. A day in history. Not a day in some mythological, imaginary story, but a day when “Caesar Augustus was the emperor of Rome and Quirinius was governor of Syria.”
It was a day planned in eternity before the creation of the world. (continue reading…)
Yes, this stop was greatly needed for we have been reminded of the reason we have the Holy Bible. It’s purpose is to tell the story of Christmas, how Christ who was with the Father agreed to come to Earth to rescue us. May this story stir your resolve to continue reading the greatest book ever written.
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