All around the world, no one was celebrating Christmas that morning. There were no colorful Christmas decorations. No Christmas music sung by magnificant choirs filled the air. No beautifully-wrapped presents had been lovingly placed under the tree. Children did not awaken early in anticipation of an event-filled day. The aroma of turkey baking in the oven was absent. It was just like any other day.
But then that which had been predicted thousand of years earlier came to pass. The Savior was born—in a lowly manger. It was the first Christmas! It was a joyous occasion, anxiously awaited by those who knew the Scriptures that told of His coming.
An angel announced His birth to shepherds as they were watching their flock that night. Luke 2:11 records the event, “Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Their response is recorded in the next verse: “Let us go straight to Bethlehem . . .”
What is your response to the birth of Jesus? Don’t let Christmas be just another day. Celebrate His birth! Rejoice in His coming!