Well Merry Christmas. I’m going to keep if fairly simple and just take us to Luke 2:1-20 which is the Christmas Gospel reading for Christmas day.
“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
“This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
“So it was that while they were there, the days were completed for her to 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.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them: ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another: ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marvelled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”
But look how the story goes, the shepherds were like you and me, just minding their business and doing what they did where they were. Unlike you they had an angel show up, you just get stuck with me...
But then they went and checked it out for themselves. I invite you to go to a service this week and hear the story again.
So enjoy this Christmas season. Know in any pain or sorrow there is hope. The nights have just about drawn in as much as they will and soon the days grow longer, the sun shines more and because of Christmas I believe the SON will shine a bit more too.
Merry Christmas to all,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship