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The Christmas Story posted by John Sorensen on Dec 24, 2018

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Now, that’s not the Christmas story I am here to tell you about. The real Christmas story is much more than reindeer and a long winter’s nap; this story is about the Son of God…

‘Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.’

So, what’s my challenge to you this Christmas Eve? Do just as Mary did, and hold these things close to your heart. Keep the most important birthday in all of history in the forefront of your mind today and tomorrow as you celebrate with family and friends.

Take a moment or two today to get away from the madness and sit in the presence of your Savior. Thank Him for His mercy and love that compelled Him to leave His throne in Heaven to save sinners like us. Read Luke chapter 2 again and reflect on the night that changed your life, long before you were even born.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

This is a transcript from Conversations with John #21



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