2004-12-26 - Luke Chapter Two
Luke 2:1-20 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a
census to be taken throughout the Empire. 2 This was the
first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to
be accounted for. 4 So Joseph went from the Galilean town
of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a
descendant of David, he had to go there. 5 He went with Mary,
his fiancee, who was pregnant. 6 While they were there, the
time came for her to give birth. 7 She gave birth to a son,
her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because
there was no room in the hostel. An Event for Everyone
8 There were sheepherders camping in
the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep.
9 Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory
blazed around them. They were terrified. 10 The angel said,
"Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant
for everybody, worldwide: 11 A Savior has just been born
in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. 12 This
is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
13 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing
God's praises: 14 Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace
to all men and women on earth who please him. 15 As the angel
choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over
to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed
to us." 16 They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby lying in the manger. 17 Seeing was believing.
They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.
18 All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19 Mary kept all these things to herself,
holding them dear, deep within herself. 20 The sheepherders
returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had
heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told! (The
Message, by Eugene Peterson)