“. . . Let us go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” Luke 2:15 KJV.

      As a child growing up in Louisiana both my parents took turns reading to me from the Bible. As I got a little older I was really awe struck with the thought of angels singing to the shepherds as they announced the birth of our Savior as a baby. 

                                         Yet in thy dark streets shineth

                                               The everlasting Light;

                                         The hopes and fears of all the years

                                               Are met in Thee tonight. 

                                                       >Phillips Brooks<


It isn’t far to Bethlehem town –

It is anywhere that Christ comes down

And finds in someone’s shining face

A welcome and an abiding place.

The road to Bethlehem

Runs right through

The homes of people

Like me and you.
>>author unknown<< 

      The Old Testament looks forward the birth and life and crucifixion of Christ. The New Testament looks back to the same. The New is enfolded in the Old – the Old is unfolded in the New. The birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus is the aspiration of the prophets. His birth was foretold: 

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon

  His shoulder. . . .” Isaiah 9:6. KJV

       His ascension was foretold:

“. . . . behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him.” Daniel 7:13. KJV

      See this fulfilled in Luke 24:51 and Acts 1:9.

      From the time of Christ’s birth a new day began to flow very silently over the world – a day of faith and freedom, a day of hope and love. When we remember the high meaning that has come into human life and the clear light that has flooded softly down from the manger-cradle in Bethlehem of Judea, we do not wonder that mankind has learned to reckon history from the birthday of Jesus, and to date all events by the years before or after the Nativity of Christ. 

                                       ‘Twas not the angel’s message

                                        That gave the Christmas thought

                                        Nor yet the gold and incense

                                        Which the Wise Men had brought.


                                       ‘Twas not the star that led them

                                        Upon the unknown way;

                                        It was the birth of Jesus

                                        That makes the Christmas day!

                                              >>Annie Johnson Flint<<

                        “Even the centuries obey Him and swing their orbits around 

                              His cradle and date their calendar from His birth.”

                                                        >>author unknown<<



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