In those days Caesar AugustusÂ issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.Â (This was the first census that took place whileÂ Quirinius was governor of Syria.)Â And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to BethlehemÂ the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.Â He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to himÂ and was expecting a child.Â While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,Â and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.Â An angelÂ of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.Â But the angel said to them, â€œDo not be afraid.Â I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Â Today in the town of David a SaviorÂ has been born to you; he is the Messiah,Â the Lord.Â This will be a signÂ to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.â€
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
â€œGlory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peaceÂ to those on whom his favor rests.â€
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, â€œLetâ€™s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.â€
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.Â When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,Â and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.Â But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.Â The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising GodÂ for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child,Â he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.â€“ Luke 2:1-21
About the author:
The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.