The Christmas Story


“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out
from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered everyone to his
own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be
registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with
child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were
completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her
first born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them
in the inn.
Now there were in the
same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping
watch over their flock by
night. And behold, an angel
of the Lord stood before
them, and the glory of the
Lord shone around them,
and they were greatly.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of a great joy which will
be all people. For there is born to you this day in the
city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this
will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in
a swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to
God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them
into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another,
“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has
come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had
seen Him, they made widely known the saying which
was told to them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all
these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to
LUKE 2:1-20