December 24

Luke 2:1-14

“Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.” vs. 4

When Luke decided to put together his account of Jesus’ life he must have been thrilled to find this little story of the birth in Bethlehem. It really was the missing link, the piece of evidence that linked Jesus of Nazareth to the messianic promise of old. Jesus had come from the house and family of the great king, David, and this was the story that proved it. But it was Luke’s masterful crafting of the story that gave it global appeal. He tells it so well: a poor couple’s journey to Bethlehem, a humble birth in a manger, shepherds watching their sheep, and then, capping it off, a chorus of angels! Year after year believers and non-believers come together by the millions to hear it read and sing the angels’ songs. Again and again we’re reminded that the Savior of the world was born in a humble stable in an obscure town and that working shepherds were the first to glimpse his glory. It’s a simple story that cuts across nationalistic boundaries and economic divides to provide a message of light in a world that battles darkness. As we hear the familiar words tonight we’ll be reminded of God’s love and receive the gift of hope. The Lord has come! Let heaven and nature sing!

Thought for the Day: What part of the Christmas story touches my heart?

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