What Christmas Is All About
The Birth of Jesus
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should
be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that
took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went
to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to
Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line
of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be
married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the
time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her
firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to
them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of
great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of
David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This
will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the
angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has
happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who
was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the
word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all
who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had
heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.