***Jesus Came for All***
Christmas Sacred Scripture Readings
Of the four canonical gospels, only two offer narratives regarding the birth of Jesus: Matthew and Luke. The season of Advent began on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve tomorrow. During advent Christians await the coming of Christ and prepare their hearts and homes for the celebration of the Savior Jesus Christ’s birth. Then, on December 25, Christmas Day and for 12 days Christians celebrate until January 6 with the feast of the Epiphany. God became flesh and Salvation was born. Jesus, God Incarnate, was born in a borrowed stable with Shepherds and animals. This very modest setting speaks to us loudly, it teaches us the fundamental nature of Jesus which is humility. All virtues emanate from humility just as all sins emanate from pride. Jesus was not only human, but divine. Jesus was not a person of exclusivity meaning the setting in which he was born, imparts to us that He wanted to be accessible to all people — not just the rich, higher class, but to the poor, especially. If Jesus were born in a 5-star hotel, it would signal a God of pride and elitism – but that is the opposite of what transpired. Christmas is not only a time to celebrate and rejoice in Christ’s birth, but also a time to celebrate all the miracles in our life. Share your joy of Jesus with all those not only on Christmas day but all year long. Let us worship and adore Him together! With love, peace and prayer from the Faith and Encouragement family to your family!
Luke 2:1-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.