What is Christmas all about? I wouldn’t mind if I did not receive a single gift for Christmas. The most wonderful thing about Christmas is the joy that fills the air, the love that people show to one another, the gathering of family and friends who love you, and remembering that the LORD came down from heaven to take away the sins of the world.
This Christmas I have already been blessed from reading the stories of goodwill here in the U.S. and how people are coming together to help our less fortunate neighbors all across the country. Along with that, more soldiers will be home with their families this Christmas and I will be spending time with my family for Christmas.
Just remember, as you go about your Christmas holiday season, to enjoy your blessings and pass that joy along to others. Let’s have an entire nation of cheer and goodwill for Christmas this year. Also, don’t forget the One who is the perfect example of love and goodwill, whose birthday many people around the world will be celebrating.
Birth of Jesus Christ:
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And 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:)
5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7And 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.
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15And 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.
16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.