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Series: The Birth of Christ
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT?
My favorite Christmas special is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It begins with Charlie Brown de-pressed about Christmas. He says to Linus, "I think there must be something wrong with me. I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I might be getting presents and sending Christmas cards decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel."
Finally, as Charlie Brown is trying to direct a Christmas play, he asks, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Linus responds by reciting Luke 2:8-14. (Network executives didn't want Linus to recite Scripture, thinking that viewers wouldn't like it. But Charles Schulz was determined to keep the scene in, saying, "If we don't tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?" (Source: Wikipedia).
[Read Luke 2:8-14, KJV]
Unlike Charlie Brown, most people in Canada know that Christmas is a celebration of Christ's birth. But I think most people miss the significance of his birth. Why does the birth of Jesus matter?
There are many surprising parts to the Christmas story. One surprise is that the first people to be told ...
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