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Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day

Read Luke 2:1-14


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that

all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was

governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from

the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was

descended from the house and family of David.


Into a world obsessed with the power and might of worldly rulers, like Emperors and Governors, the king of kings and lord of lords was quietly born. While everyone knew the names of Quirinius and Caesar Augustus, Jesus was born to an unknown couple. And, rather than being born in a center of power like Rome or Jerusalem, the Son of God quietly entered the world in the little town of Bethlehem.


The child of a poor homeless couple, the Heavenly King came to "bring good news to the poor... to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19.)


Jesus spent his whole life bringing this good news to all of us - to let us know that no matter how humble, poor, or oppressed we may be, God is for us. And through Jesus' death and resurrection, not even the true Evil that rules this world has any power over us in life or in death. The little baby born in Bethlehem has come to save us all.

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