1–2 During those days, the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, ordered that the first census be taken throughout his empire. (Quirinius was the governor of Syria at that time.) 3 Everyone had to travel to his or her hometown to complete the mandatory census. 4–5 So Joseph and his fiancé, Mary, left Nazareth, a village in Galilee, and journeyed to their hometown in Judea, to the village of Bethlehem, King David's ancient home. They were required to register there since they were both direct descendants of David. Mary was pregnant and nearly ready to give birth. 6–7 When they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary went into labor, and there she gave birth to her firstborn son. After wrapping the newborn baby in strips of cloth, they laid him in a feeding trough since there was no available space in any upper room in the village.
An Angelic Encounter (TPT verses 8-20):
8 That night, in a field near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! 10 But the angel reassured them, saying, "Don't be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! 11 For today in Bethlehem, a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. 12 You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!" 13 Then, all at once, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing: 14 "Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men." 15 When the choir of angels disappeared back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go! Let's hurry and find this Word that is born in Bethlehem and see for ourselves what the Lord has revealed to us." 16 So they ran into the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in a feeding trough. 17 Upon seeing this miraculous sign, the shepherds recounted what had just happened. 18 Everyone who heard the shepherds' story was astonished by what they were told. 19 But Mary treasured all these things in her heart and often pondered what they meant. 20 The shepherds returned to their flock, ecstatic over what had happened. They praised God and glorified him for all they had heard and seen for themselves, just like the angel had said.
Friday (Christmas 2020); has arrived. We celebrate the birth of God as a human. Jesus, our Savior, was born as a baby boy, and He grew into a man declaring His Glory among us. May we declare our devotion to Jesus our Redeemer, our Savior, our Elder Brother.
Take time to meditate. Place your hands over your heart…..Breathe in…..Jesus, You are my Savior….Breathe out ……come Holy Spirit…..Breathe in…..Jesus, You are my Redeemer….. Breathe out……I love You Jesus.
Friday (Christmas 2020).... we are praising You and honoring You on this day set aside to commemorate Your birth as God in the flesh... Breathe in….. Breathe out…….
Let's pray….., "Father, help us to always honor You and recognize our identity in Jesus. We praise You. Bless this day. And protect us and our families. We come to You in the name of Jesus." All together, say, "Amen."