Dec 24 2010

The Christmas Story with Mark Hall of Casting Crowns

Luke 2

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[a] 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,
      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.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

 21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

 22When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), 24and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."

 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
 29"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
      you now dismiss your servant in peace.
 30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
    31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
      and for glory to your people Israel."

 33The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

 36There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[e] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 39When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

Comments (7) -

12/24/2009 4:50:56 AM
Bruce Zumwalt United States
Bruce Zumwalt
It is always wonderful to read the scripture in luke this time of year. About the birth of Jesus Christ, in all thought and mind Luke sould not only be so big during Christmas. If it wasn't for God to send his only Son to this earth their would be no hope for anybody. The father knew what this miss up world needed. And that was Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. Even though Christ Jesus came so many years ago. We the one that say that we believe in Jesus Christ, but we never sare Him with the people who really need to hear of this wonderful Savior Jesus Christ the Son of God. Thank God that their are a few of us Christians Who are not afraid to tell others about the love of God. I truly believe more of us need share God's love to this dieing world. May God's love be with you all this Wonderful Christmas Season. In God's love a brother in Christ Jesus Bruce.
12/24/2009 11:16:54 AM
Kimberly G. United States
Kimberly G.
The true meaning of CHRISTmas!!!!!!!!!
12/24/2009 12:10:00 PM
Ellen United States
I have thoroughly enjoyed your Advent calendar - and the fact that it could be accessed "late" when I missed a day. Some "internet" Advent calendars are only available on that specific date. So December 20 can only be seen on December 20. Hope you do it again, every year!! God Bless! In Jesus' Love, Joy, & Peace!!
12/28/2009 9:38:33 AM
Angie Houk United States
Angie Houk
I agree wholeheartedly with Ellen.  I have enjoyed the Advent Calendar today.  Thank you for leaving it up so that I could finally look at the whole thing now that I have a day off.  I just wish I had thought to tell my sons about it at the beginning so that they could have used it with their families.  I am still going to make some notes on thinge in it for them to share with their kids.  Please do it again next year.  
12/24/2010 7:31:53 AM
Jessica United States
yes! please do it again!
12/26/2010 2:13:05 PM
Dorothy Folkman United States
Dorothy Folkman
That is so cool. Reading Luke 2 is a family tradition that has seen many generations. We read it by candle light every Christmas Eve.
12/28/2010 6:26:24 AM
Kris Savage United States
Kris Savage
About an hour ago, I heard you guys talking about the people wanting Christmas to be over. My question is this: Why shouldn't we be still celebrating Christmas? It's the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior. In my opinion, we should hear "O Come All Ye Faithful" in the middle of July!!!!!
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