Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go tho Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the world concerning what had been told them about the child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all of these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

- Luke 2:1-20

What a wonderful, beautiful, 100%-true story! I always wonder about Jesus as a baby. I mean, He was God, so obviously he already knew everything there was to know. But, could he remember everything, and he just couldn't express it because of the limitations of his human body? And, angels. What do angels really look like? We all think of them as fair, human-like beings with wings and long robes, but is that what they look like? Seems kind of racist to me. I'm guilty of this too. I never picture an angel as being of African, Asian, or Middle-Eastern appearance. It just never crossed my mind. But I bet that's wrong. I would give anything to have been there that night, to have heard the angels' song, to have seen Jesus, God, right before my very eyes. But, thankfully, we still have contact with him through the Holy Spirit and, one day, we will meet him face to face!

But, until then...


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