Based on the Gospel of Luke (By P Michael Biggs)
Nazareth, in Galilee, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph. He was a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, favored one. God is with you.”
Mary was troubled at his words and wondered.
The angel said, “Do not be afraid Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son. You are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “God’s Holy Spirit will come and overshadow you. The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. For with God nothing is impossible.”
Mary answered, “Let it be done to me as you have said. For I am the Lord’s servant,”
Meanwhile, the local ruler, Caesar Augustus, issued a decree that a census be taken of the entire Roman world. Everyone had to go to their own home town to register.
Joseph went from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the
Now shepherds were nearby watching a flock of
The angel assured them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. Today in Bethlehem, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. Look for this sign: find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of angels appeared praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in high heaven, and peace on earth to those on whom his favor rest.”
When the angels left, the shepherds said, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this baby, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
After seeing all of this the shepherds spread the word about what they had seen and heard. When the people in nearby towns heard their story, they were amazed.
But Mary treasured up all these things and thought much about them.
P Michael Biggs