Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
What if you were there…..in Bethlehem….on the very night that Jesus was born! Imagine that you live in Bethlehem. It’s crowded with people arriving for the Roman census. The streets are filled with tired, dirty travelers. Your own home is probably filled with relatives staying with your family. Finally, at night, it’s quiet and you fall asleep, until…
The shouts of shepherds awake you! You look out the door with your father and see a group of scraggly looking shepherds running down the street. Your father calls to them, “What are you doing?” One shepherd breathlessly runs over and begins to talk.
“We were out with the sheep when an angel suddenly appeared out of nowhere. The sky filled with light—it was terrifying! Then the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for everyone. Today in Bethlehem, the Savior has been born. He is Christ the Lord! You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Then hundreds of angels began to sing: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. Then the angels and the light disappeared. We knew we had to come to Bethlehem to see what the Lord’s angels told us about. We are searching for the new king! Come with us!”
Your father takes your hand, and you run after the shepherds. You don’t stop until you reach it---the cave. You quietly move forward until you see. A young man and woman sit by a manger. In the manger…..is the baby. The newborn king. Christ the Lord! You kneel down to worship the king.
You weren’t there on that night, you live 2000 years later. So how can you make that night special? Sing. Pray. Read Luke 2 and Matthew 1 and Isaiah 9. Wonder what it would have been like on that night. Bow down to worship the risen king—Christ the Lord!