Words from the Heart for Sunday December 25th, 2017
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:10-12 (NIV)
Good news! The shepherds on the hillside heard the wonderful news from the angels. They heard the heavenly host declare “Glory to God in the highest.” The good news of salvation is for all the world!
On this Christmas Day, my wish and prayer for you is that you will, in a life transforming way, experience the presence of Jesus Christ, the One who was born into our world over 2000 years ago. The best news is that He is still alive today, birthed into the lives of all who come to Him in faith. Back on Christmas Day 2004, the first Christmas that “Words from the Heart” was on the air, we began an annual tradition – the reading of the entire Christmas story as found in Luke’s Gospel – Luke 2:1-20. We will continue that tradition this year – our 14th year…
“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.”
These have been words from the heart.