Luke 1:28-38 (NIV)
28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 2:9-14 (NIV)
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
I thought it might be nice to share some meaning behind my next few posts.
This year for the month of December, well the first 25 days at least, I thought I would spread some Christmas cheer by instagraming some of my Christmas decorations, which I must admit has been fun. But as the day gets closer, I thought rather than my tree decorations I would share some of my house decorations… mostly the nativity scene. The reason for this is mainly selfish, but hopefully you will find something in it to. I find it so easy at this time of year to get caught up in the Christmas drama and often, although I am ashamed to admit it, I forget to spend time thinking of the real meaning of Christmas.
So as a way of helping me focus, for the next couple of Days, 7 to be precise, I am going to post a picture of part of my nativity scene and some scripture explaining its significance. They won’t be long, and there may even be other posts in between, but I just thought it might be nice way of bringing it all back to where it belongs… So here is the first one…
Luke 2:8-12, 15 (NIV)
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
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.”