Christmas Foretold – Fri – 22-12-23

Many years ago, my family attended a small, rural church. The church hosted a walk-through Nativity play. Since the church was in northern Michigan, we set everything up inside. People entered a dark room and saw a few shepherds and a couple of live sheep. After the shepherds recited a few lines, a black cloth screen fell and a spotlight shone on angels perched  behind the shepherds. People enjoyed the scene.

It depicted the events recorded in Luke 2:8-14: ‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

The last phase about peace on earth also fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6. Take a moment to praise God for the gift of peace through his son.

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