Christmas, Pt. 9

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

As we once again enter the Christmas season, I would like to spend the next several days looking at these two verses, which I believe give us the best summary in the entire Bible of just what Christmas is all about.

Among the wonderful things that the angel told the shepherds in these verses, we find the angel telling them exactly where the child would be born: “…in the city of David.”  This had been prophesied many, many years before in Micah 5:2: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

There are many things that we can now look back on as being fulfillments of ancient prophesies.  It’s easy to look back and see how these things happened, but I’m sure that it was a little different at the time.  I’m sure none of the people living back then (unless they had studied the prophecy) thought that the Saviour of the world would come to as insignificant a place as Bethelehem.  But that is where Jesus decided He would come to be born.  He put it down in the Bible for anyone to see, but, sadly, probably few did see it or pay attention to it.  It is the same with us today.  He has told us everything we need to know in the Bible, but so few people pay attention to it.

Let us draw even closer to Him and give even more attention to His Word this Christmas!

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