Passage: Luke 2:1~14  

Key verse: 11

1. "She gave birth to her firstborn, a son" (1-7)

At just the right time, Jesus was born. It seemed the powers of this world were insurmountable. No one could defy Caesar and his governors. So when a census was called, Joseph had to take his pregnant wife Mary on a long journey to Bethlehem. There, as was prophesied, Jesus was born in a manger and wrapped in cloths. The Lord used the powers of this world to bring His plan for the birth of the Messiah to fruition.

2. "Glory to God in the highest!" (8-14)

The first to learn of the birth of the Savior were shepherds, working in the fields at night. An angel appeared to them and gave them the good news that would cause great joy. What was this news? A Savior was born to them! The angel gave the shepherd a sign, then a whole host of angels appeared, praising God. "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." The birth of Jesus is indeed good news of great joy! The birth of Jesus brings us peace on whom his favor rests.

Prayer: Lord, thank you so much for Jesus, our Savior, Christ the Lord!

One Word: Glory to God in the highest!