After 12 days of Puns and really bad Christmas humor, we felt today called
for the REAL CHRISTMAS STORY from the Gospel of Luke.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (This taxing was before
Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into
his own city.
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was
of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,
being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days
were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her
firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon
them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore
afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is
born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And
this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, 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,
good will toward men.’
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,
the shepherds said one to another, ‘Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and
see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto
us.’ And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.
“And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told
them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those
things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these
things, and pondered them in her heart.
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
APPLYING THE CHRISTMAS STORY IN GOSPEL OF JOHN “He was in the world, and
the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his
own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of
the will of man, but of God.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but
he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God. He that believeth on the Son hath
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but
the wrath of God abideth on him.”
DO NOT MAKE THE ETERNALLY FATEFUL ERROR OF WORSHIPPING A BABE IN THE MANGER
AND REJECTING THE CHRIST OF THE CROSS!
Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”