Now the birth of Jesus Christ was thus, when as his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
But while he thought these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, the son of David, fear not to take Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her, is of the holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. And all this was done that it might be fulfilled, which is spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is by interpretation, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep, did as the Angel of the Lord had enjoined him, and took his wife. But he knew her not, till she had brought forth her first born son, and he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:18-25)
For Christians - Christmastime is a season of reflection and celebration. It is a time to ponder, as did the shepherds, the star lit sky and the Savior of the world. Luke 2:8-20 tells us that the shepherds were in the fields - watching over their flocks by night. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and God's glory shone around them, and they were fearful. After the angel assured them of their safety and informed them of the Savior's birth in Bethlehem, they hurried to see the Babe in the manger. Then they made widely known what had happened, spread the good news to others and glorified God for all they had seen and heard.
We too can share the good news of Christmas and the Gospel with others as we go about our daily routines.
Here are three of my favorite Christmas Blog posts - please read and share with others...