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In the sixth month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to marry a man named Joseph, a descendent of David. The virgin’s name was Mary and she was told “you are highly favored and the Lord is with you.”

Gabriel also told her “you will be with child and you are to name him Jesus.” Mary was puzzled but the angel reassured her there was no need to worry. Even though this was impossible for Mary to understand she obeyed the angel.

The angel went on to paint a picture for Mary that this birth would be originating in heaven by God himself, and the Holy Spirit would overcome her to seal the deal. Gabriel even told her that her relative Elizabeth was going to have a child in her old age. At Elizabeth’s age this was impossible but the angel followed this up by saying, “for nothing is impossible with God.” He is still telling us today that nothing is impossible with Him. As we celebrate this Christmas let us not forget to give thanks for this glorious gift to mankind.

The story goes on to illustrate the awesomeness of God and this event. He had Caesar Augustus issue a decree that a census should be taken so the entire Roman world would be accounted for.

This was the first time a census had been called for by the government. This would force Joseph and Mary to return to Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus, which had been prophesied many years before the birth of Jesus. They tried to find a room in the hotels but they were all full so Joseph had to take Mary to a stable where she gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger after wrapping him in a blanket to keep Him warm.

This was no place for a King to be born, however the example is for us to realize it does not matter where you are born, it is what you do after getting here that matters.

There were shepherds in the fields nearby watching their flock when angels came to them and told them, today a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord. The angels told them to follow this bright star that hung over the place where Jesus was born.

All of a sudden to the shepherds amazement a heavenly host of angels appeared singing, Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men. Then they turned toward one another and said let’s go and see this thing which has happened. Are you willing to go and hear of this thing which has happened so long ago?

When they saw this birth they spread the word of what had been told them by the angel. Are you telling the story or are you hoping someone else will do that? Once you hear it, it must be retold by you and no one else for no one can tell what you know but you.

Now, just as then, there are forces out there trying to sway us from celebrating our savior’s birth by getting our children to focus on other activities? Then it was King Herod who was jealous that another King was born so he wanted to track Him down and have him killed. Today, we have people tracking him down with other holidays, Santa Claus, lights, trees, food and other activities. We do so many things but share the love that was shared to us for a better life.

As we celebrate let us not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. Have yourself a Merry, Merry Christmas from all of us here at The Black Voice News.

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