Advent 2012: Day

St. luke tells of the birth of Jesus


Today's Text: Luke 2:1-7

Text: Luke 2:1-7

Seven verses. 5 about the census, 2 about His birth: parallels the quietness in which He came.

A baby.
A manger.
A stable.

Nothing that the world would refer to as King-like or royalty, but we know who this baby was and is.

He is the King of Kings.
He is the Lord of Lords.

Yet He was born in the quiet of the night: the most important night of all.

The following is a common Christmas carol, written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix. Take time to read or sing these words, thanking God for His sovereign plan in sending His son, Jesus, to be born here on earth. Then dying for us—for me, for you—so that our brokenness is mended, and we are made new.

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping,
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary!

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The Cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word Made Flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him!
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him!
Raise, raise the song on high!
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy! joy! for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary!

  • Thank you God for giving to us Your One and Only Son..the greatest gift of all yet delivered in the simplest way possible!

  • LaTonya M

    A story so known yet seems so simple to others. Whom was born gave birth to us when he died for our sins what humbly I say is honorable our father did for us we don’t deserve it but he grants us new mercy new grace I’m grateful thank you Lord for the gift of your son!

  • My heart overflows with gratitude on this Christmas morning! As I reflect in the quietness of my day, what a marvelous gift God gave for me! Thank you God for giving your One and Only Son!

  • Rejoicing in The Lord’s perfect timing!

  • Christmas means so much more than it used to. I used to love the hustle and bustle and the gifts a lot. This year is different. I am so happy I found this SRT to read this month. I heard the stories all the time growing up but it never hit home like it does now. Jesus didn’t have to suffer, go through pain, and be spat upon at all. I come to question myself, Would I choose to go through the trouble, to make sacrifices so someone else who made the wrong choice have the chance to change his mind and make a better choice?! It’s so ridiculous! It doesn’t make sense. But what did God do? God made the decision to give us hope for a better life even if it meant suffering for a while. In the big picture suffering meant the chance for eternal life! I want to be like Jesus, I want to share this good news despite suffering and sacrifices I will face. Why? Because there is a better place than this world has to offer. God gave us a ticket to the best place on earth! I accept that free ticket; Jesus. It’s no fun to go on a trip by yourself! We are given the privilege to invite others to this getaway! God is so awesome. Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your responses that has stirred my thinking, encouraged me in my own walk with Our Lord and Savior. Blessing to you and your family this season

  • How do you wrap your mind around such a wonderful gift. Christmas isn’t just about Jesus Birthday it is about His wonderful gift – His life for mine. His life for my salvation. What more could I want for Christmas. Praise God from who all blessings flow. Marry Salvation to all.

  • How humbling for us as we look at our lives with our many conveniences and think of our precious Saviour who had paradise and gave it up for us. In my too human mind I am amazed that His love is so great that he would come to suffer so much for me and all humanity. My heart rejoices with His birth yet breaks as I think of the suffering to come. I pray many will come to know Him this Christmas.

  • It blows my mind, that God walked on the earth
    to teach his children the way to love and live for him.

  • Mrs.Rawnk

    Love this! We sand this song at Church this morning! Perfect timing!

  • Thank you God for your son Jesus.

  • Sheyeurs1118

    I love this…a reminder on how Jesus sent His ONLY son for us. Brings tear for my eyes!!

  • So many times in my life I’ve thought this isn’t how it should be or have happened. What did Mary & Joseph think when they had to travel such a distance, not by car or plane, but walking & by a donkey on a dusty road? Don’t you know they were wondering why? Did Mary ask Joseph if he was crazy? If he remembered she was pregnant, or did he forget? Or was gossip so bad in their village they were glad to get away to where noone knew they weren’t married when she got pregnant?

  • Amen, Moms Mustard Seeds, amen. What Child is This lyrics are so beautiful & fitting. What a praise & worship song it is to our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Moms Mustard Seeds

    The simplicity of Jesus' birth and the way so many beautiful gifts were given to him…speaks to my heart this year. It's a beautiful reminder that beauty and grandeur are found in the simple things – and all things that create a life of riches should be given and received in the name of Jesus. All things of his world rot, yet His love, mercy and grace – so simple, yet so difficult for a human heart to truly comprehend are the most beautiful gifts imaginable.

  • Madeleine

    Simple but poweful message…I pray we don’t miss the miracle this year of our awesome God becoming human, being part of human experience, all out of love, I praise Him for this humility and loving sacrifice.

  • God became flesh and dwelt among man on the Earth! God put on human flesh. This Babe came in quietness, lived in the Earth as a man. He died, rose again, is seated at the right hand of God and is coming back again! Glory! Maranatha ! Maranatha!

  • Sandrine

    He gave His life in a beautiful exchange, so we can partake and be co-heirs with Him, wow!

  • Charliie

    We do not have to look at our circumstances or surroundings to determine who we are or our importance. Lets not look at where we came from, because our purpose in life is so much more.

    • valerie

      you are so right charlie! it’s such a simple statement but one i often need to be reminded of. thank you.

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