On that first Christmas, Truth incarnate didn’t need the world’s press. . . .
No newspapers covered the story. No CNN®. No Internet. Yet God’s history-changing entrance into the world is still well remembered and celebrated centuries later.
On that sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. . . .
Then with light and joy pouring out of heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. . . .
The angels called it “good news,” and it was.
That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.”
Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying:
“Give glory to God in heaven,
and on earth let there be peace
among the people who please God.”
Luke 2:8-14 (NCV)
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Article from Christmas: On This Holy Night © 2011 by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission.