Words from the Heart for Friday December 25th, 2020
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Luke 2:15 (NIV)
Let’s Go to Bethlehem
Many people travel over Christmas, and will, even in this COVID-19 Christmas. There is no place like home for the holidays, as the Christmas song says. There is always a longing in our hearts to be with loved ones, especially during this time of year. If this is so in a human sense, it is even more so in a spiritual sense. The night that Jesus was born, after the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another in Luke 2:15: “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” On that first Christmas, they traveled to Bethlehem. It wasn’t a long trip, but it changed their lives. On this Christmas, the journey to Jesus is still not a long one. We travel it by faith. Drawn by the Holy Spirit, on this day we celebrate Jesus’ birth, make the journey to Jesus. He will transform your life as you ask him to forgive your sins, and invite Him into your heart and life as your Saviour and Lord. It wasn’t enough that he was born in a manger. His real reason for coming was to be born in your heart by faith. Invite Him in.
Since Words from the Heart began in 2004, each Christmas we have read the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2. That tradition continues on Christmas Day 2020.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. 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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 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.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Merry Christmas to all.
These have been words from the heart.