December 24, 2016

The Advent of Jesus Christ

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when 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 Saviour, 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.

Luke 2:1-20

10 comments:

  1. Hi Lou,

    Thanks for this reminder of the story of the birth of our Lord. Sometimes it is good to read this story as if reading it for the first time, to be reminded of just how amazing it truly is.

    And I can't resist a chance to brag a little... :-) Our 5-year-old has memorized this entire passage (Luke 2:1-20) this year! We're very proud of him. He will be reciting it at our family gatherings tonight and tomorrow.

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  2. Rachel:

    That is a blessing to hear of your son's memorization of the passage. Preacher boy in the making? :-)

    Merry Christmas,


    Lou

    PS: On the 27th I am posting more of the account from Luke's Gospel.

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  3. Clock stroked midnight, Merry Christmas everyone. Think on Jesus!

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  4. To All:

    My blog partners Stephen and Rachel Stark's son Simon recited Luke 2:1-20 from memory. I asked for the video recording (from their family gathering on Christmas Eve) to share this with you, my guests.

    Stephen mentioned to me, "My Nephew is in the background dressed as Santa and has just asked Simon to tell us the real story of Christmas."

    Please watch Simon Recite Luke 2:1-20.

    Merry Christmas,


    LM

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  5. Lou,

    Thank you for requesting and posting the link to the video; that was very nice of you.\


    Jan,

    Thanks for the comment. :-) Simon goes to a Christian school, and he only had to memorize the first 2 verses for school (each student was assigned a different section). The teacher offered McDonald's lunch with her for any student who could memorize the whole thing. We also let him open one present early, so he was motivated. :-)

    Simon is a good kid who, as far as we can tell, has expressed saving faith in Christ. He acknowledges his sin and understands that no one can get to heaven on their own. He also knows that Jesus died on the cross to pay for his sins, and that Jesus didn't stay dead but came back to life so that we could all have life now and in heaven one day.

    He actually began asking questions regarding these things about a year and a half ago (when he was 4), and it was about this time last year that he made an informal profession of faith. Since then he has continued to affirm on occasion that he believes these things.

    So contrary to "Crossless" gospel advocates, the gospel that we preach is plenty "simple" enough for even a child to understand, accept, and believe. I'm sure that Simon, at 5 years old, doesn't fully grasp every detail of his salvation. But I'm equally sure that he knows and understands the basics of saving faith and is quite able to believe.

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  6. Rachel, that's a wonderful testimony. Your son is blessed to be saved so young and to have 2 believing parents to train him in the faith.

    There is a pastor in New Hampshire who also was saved at 5 years old. A good friend of mine in high school was saved when she was 4. I was saved at age 11. My husband was saved at 8.

    The gospel is simple enough for a child to believe it. Yet the cross less folks want it simpler so a child can believe it, while the Lordship folks want it harder/more complicated and say the salvation of children must be questioned because it is so hard to believe unto salvation.

    Neither group has it right. But the children do.

    JanH

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  7. Rachel & Jan:

    I was so pleased to see the video and felt it was a good fit here.

    I have been away for a few days, but was pleased to see how you two have interacted on the Gospel, which can be known and understood by the very young.


    Lou

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  8. Good morning Lou. I appreciate you and your articles drawing attention to the advent of Jesus. It was uplifting for me to read this this morning, the historical comments made me smile about last year, and made me look forward to upcoming Christmas(es) with family all the more.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Lou,
    Stephen

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  9. Stephen:

    Thanks for those kind remarks.

    I am grateful that this excerpt from the Bible brightened your day. May God bless you and your family.

    Merry Christmnas,


    Lou

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