2.2 Heaven Hails His Birth
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2.2 In those days, Quirinius was Syria’s governor, Emperor Caesar Augustus decreed the first global census. So everyone went to his hometown. Joseph with Mary heavily pregnant, left Nazareth for Bethlehem, the city of his ancestor David. There she bore her first son, wrapped in swaddles and laid in a manger, because there was no room in the inn.
Nearby, shepherds were watching their flocks all night. Suddenly the Lord’s glory shone around them and His angel appeared; this frightened them.
Jan 9 The angel said, “Don’t fear. I bring you great joy for all mankind. Today in Bethlehem,1 a Savior has been born for you; He is Christ the Lord. As a sign, you will find a baby wrapped in swaddles and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a multitude of angels joined, praising God, “Glory to God in heaven and peace on earth to men who please Him.” After the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this event revealed to us by the Lord.”
They hurried there and found Mary, Joseph and the baby in the manger. The shepherds related what had been said about the baby. All who heard it were amazed. Mary treasured and thought about these things. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had witnessed.