And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 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:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 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 (Luke 2:1-7).
Today’s Morsel: Christmas! One songwriter says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I would tend to agree, but not just because of the happy meetings, the kids of good cheer, or the mistletoe! It is the most wonderful time of the year because we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I enjoy my own birthday, and I am thankful when my wife bakes a cake for me, and when my family and friends help me celebrate the day I was born. How much more should we celebrate God Himself leaving heaven to come robed in flesh to save His people from their sins? Enjoy this great day. Spend it celebrating the greatest gift of all, Jesus’ love for you.
Sing: Happy birthday, Jesus; I’m so glad it’s Christmas. All the tinsel and lights and the presents are nice, but the real gift is You. Happy birthday, Jesus; I’m so glad it’s Christmas. All the carols and bells make the holiday swell, and it’s all about You. Happy birthday, Jesus; Jesus, I love You.
Thought for Today: There is no Christmas without Christ.