December 10, 2005

Luke 2:7,8,9   And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
Angels proclaim the birth of the Savior. (Luke 2:10)
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. Luke 2:11   “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem.
The Star – marks the place where the Christ Child lay.   (Matthew 2:10)
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.Matthew 2:11
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.   And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Dear Brethren,   I want to wish you a most blessed and happy Christmas.   Thou we may be sick, healthy, poor, rich, troubled, away from home and family,  or whatever situation we may find ourselves in, we can always look to our Savior.   As the passages above tell us, Jesus came to earth as a baby, born in a lowly stable; but was announced by a multitude of angels praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest,  And on earth peace, good will toward men!   The shepherds came to see the baby Jesus.   The Wise Men followed the star to worship Jesus.   During this Christmas Season, there are so many Bible passages to read and study about our Saviour’s birth.   May you read them and again be joyful over the little baby born in Bethlem who grew up to suffer and die for our sins.   Rejoice.   Our Savior is born.
I, as well as the CLC in the USA rejoice with you and send you our Christmas greetings.
Pastor David Koenig