Today is the day we celebrate the birth of JESUS
Every year I read through the Holy Bible. Although I use the New King James Text on occasion, my first choice is — and always has been — the King James Text.
Some years I get ahead, like this year. I finished in October and began again… Last week I finished up II Kings, where I stopped temporarily and turned to the book of Luke to celebrate Jesus’ birth. I usually read the book of Luke and part of the book of John during December… The first of January I’ll go back to the Old Testament and return to where I stopped.
Of course, it’s fine if you take longer than a year; the Bible has many difficult passages. The names are hard to pronounce and the history is at times heartbreaking. But the effort to read from beginning to end is worth everything.
The point is to read the Bible… the more I read, the more I understand – most of the time. However, there is much that I may never understand fully, but I keep reading!
Today I’m not reviewing books… today I am reading what I consider to be some of the most important verses written about the birth of Jesus – verses to contemplate on this very special day…
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
God bless you… on Christmas Day… and always.
Christmas © 2018 DJ Mynatt