Wednesday, December 24, 2008
MERRY CHRISTMAS !
From my family to yours I wish you all a very Merry Christmas ! God Bless you all !
1Now in those days an order was published by Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be registered. 2This was the first registration taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3So all the people went to their hometowns to be registered.2
4Joseph, too, went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was a descendant[a] of the household and family of David. 5He went there[b] to be registered with Mary, who had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant.4
6While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby, 7and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no place for them in the guest quarters.
The Shepherds Visit Jesus
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10Then the angel said to them, “Stop being afraid! Listen! I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. 11Today your Savior, the Lord Messiah, was born in the city of David. 12And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”
13Suddenly a multitude of the Heavenly Army appeared with the angel, praising God by saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to people who enjoy his favor!”[c]
15When the angels had left them and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see what has taken place that the Lord has told us about.” 16So they went quickly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby, who was lying in the feeding trough. 17When they saw this, they repeated what they had been told about this child. 18All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19However, Mary continued to treasure all these things in her heart and to ponder them. 20Then the shepherds returned to their flock,[d] glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
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