by Nelson Price


LUKE 2: 1 - 20

JESUS CHRIST's birth set in motion a celebration that still
swirls through the Christian world to lift depressed spirits.
In the next few days thousands of pilgrims from all over the
world will crowd in to the little town of Bethlehem to visit the
place of His birth. On the spot over the place of His birth
stands a large stone church. The inn was not a small thatched
roof barn like such as we envision. It was a series of
interlocking caves in a hillside. People and their animals slept
in such caves during the winter nights. Into this subterranean
stable God Almighty manifested Himself.
A spot in the caves that commemorates the place of His birth is
marked by a golden star, worn smooth by a touch of millions.
Above it is a symbolical eternal light. It is always an
inspirational blessing to visit that spot. Once while climbing
the steps leading out of the cave a misty eyed friend whispered
to me, "I'm so thankful Jesus was born. How wonderful for me
that He came. I don't know what life would be like for me if He
had not been born." What a blessing for all of us.
Thank God He was born. His name was Emmanuel = "God with us." He
is spoken of a God Incarnate = "in the flesh" (Latin).
The Scripture tells us of His birth being attended by angels who
"said". It does not say they sang though our modern music does.
Ancient Greek dramas regarding His birth utilized a style of
telling the angelic message which reveals the meaning of the way
the angels "said". It was a chant. The angelic chorustogether
"Glory to God"
"P ...

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