The Reason for the Season!

1 year, 3 months ago 12

Merry Christmas, I pray for you that today is filled with love and peace, and that you enjoy the reason for the season!

 

Luke 2:2-38

New Living Translation (NLT)

 

(This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

 

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

 

The Shepherds and Angels

 

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

 

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

 

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

 

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 

16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

 

Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

12 Responses

  1. Pastor Mike says:

    Merry Christmas back at you. We had a great candle light service last night. Thanks for all the blessings that you share though this site. My God bless you even more. Hope to some how have a face to face this coming year.
    Your Brother.

  2. Carl says:

    I could not be merrier this Christmas Day – I can hardly contain myself I am so happy! I have prayed the same for you young man!!! Grace to all!

  3. John says:

    Merry Christmas my friend!

  4. Robert Christopulos says:

    Praise God,

    He sent Jesus as His gift to a ruined, dying, world. Savior, Redeemer, Hope, Help. From the old song, “Dying He saved me, Carried my sins far away”.

    People keep doing the same old things the same old way, and get the same old results. Again, as the song goes, because of Jesus, “There’s a new song in my heart”.

    Praise God, “Jesus Saves”!

    We had about 2300 people out today. The ministry was awesome, and wonderful as many people found the message to be true, that God brings transformation through trusting in the gift of His Son.

    I trust that your Christmas with family was really blessed.

    By the way, Trish and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary today-I think we’ve got about three more days of celebrating.

    • the pilgrim says:

      Congratulations on your anniversary!! My love to you both!

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  5. Rodney says:

    Send some of the cold in that photo to us here in Africa!!! Yes, He is the reason for this season. I don’t usually comment on peoples posts, but I had to this morning. As I read another photographers blog they did the same as you and posted a photo with words, but theirs read “May the Magic of the Season…” I just could not leave it alone. It’s not magic, His name is Jesus Christ. Thank you Bill for not “hiding it under a bushel NO!, [but instead] letting it shine”, slight paraphrase of the childrens song.

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