In those days, a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Qbirinus was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went to the town of Nazareth to Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and also who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands and cloth, and laid him in a manager, because there was no place for them in the Inn.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. there an angle of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to the, “Do not be afraid; for see-I bringing you good news of great joy for all the people; to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, erasing God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on peace song those whose he favors”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manager. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard, as it had been told them.
This is the Christmas story according to Luke. In my opinion, this is the best version of the Christmas story told in the Bible. It brings up the story of the child being born in the stable as their as no room in the inn and it gives more detail about the child’s birth. During Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer. I love how this story brings up the shepherds who visited Jesus when he was just a baby. They were terrified when the Angel of the Lord first approached them, but they did calm down after the Angle told them to not be afraid and brought up the news about the child being the Messiah. Christmas is a very festive time to remember the importance of Christ’s birth. Christ was born to help set an example of us and the importance of love and forgiveness. Last night’s Christmas Eve service was just gorgeous and what makes it special is that once the service is over, it will always be Christmas day.