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Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11

Read: Luke 2

Listen: Luke 2


Christmas is God’s story of glory and peace. It is the story of his entrance into our reality to save us. From the moment Adam and Eve disobey, he foretells his story throughout the history of Israel, getting them ready for his predicted entrance.

By its very nature, this long and anticipated arrival demands an entrance of beauty and comfort attended by professionals and witnessed by the richest and most dignified of rank and position. Yet God chose to come quietly, born to an engaged Jewish teenager in a humble stable. His birth was attended by her fiancé and witnessed only by farm animals dwelling in the stable. No fanfare. No excitement. The God-child Jesus was laid to sleep in a feeding trough.

But there was a celebration somewhere else! God went all out to announce the arrival of his Divine Son in the most majestic, spectacular way to shepherds tending flocks out in the wilderness. An angel of the Lord materializes—giving them information and an invitation to visit the child. A legion of angels suddenly and terrifyingly appears and praise God saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).


The Christmas story is about God’s glory and the peace he offers by becoming Immanuel (God is with us) to save us. As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, spend a few moments focusing your heart and thoughts on the beauty of this season by listening to Come, Though Long Expected Jesus.

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