Just over two thousand years ago, there was a young woman named Mary. According to her Facebook relationship status, she was engaged to a man named Joseph.
But one night an angel appeared to Mary, saying to her, ‘Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of the father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.
‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.’
‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary said. ‘May it be to me as you have said.
An angel later also appeared to Joseph, telling him that Mary was indeed pregnant with the Son of God. The angel told Joseph, ‘She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.’
Now in that time, Caesar had called for a census, requiring every man to return to his home village to be counted. Joseph had only One Direction in mind. He and Mary saddled a donkey and rode for Bethlehem.
As they approached Bethlehem and saw the crowds of people, Mary gave Joseph a knowing look. He had forgotten to make their booking on agoda.com, now where were they going to stay?
Thankfully, there was an innkeeper in town who had at least one room left – even if it was just a stable.
At that same time, three wise men from the East were riding Gangnam Style, following a star they believed would lead them to the Messiah.
The three wisemen first visited King Herod, thinking he could lead them to the king of Jews. But King Herod was jealous and was secretly planning to harm this new king. He let the wisemen leave and continue on in their quest, but as he did, he said, ‘When you find this baby Messiah, Call Me Maybe.’
However, God revealed to them in a dream King Herod’s true intention, thus the wisemen agreed, We Are Never Ever Meeting Back Together with King Herod. He’s just Trouble.
Also at that same time, shepherds out in the fields were watching their sheep, guarding them from wolves and bears and Angry Birds. When suddenly angels appeared to them in the sky, singing Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’
‘I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people,’ the angels exclaimed. ‘Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
The shepherds fed their Hunger Games with a quick bite to eat before making way to Bethlehem to find this Savior Child the angels had told them of.
At Twilight that very night, a baby was born in a small stable in Bethlehem. His mother, Mary and his father, Joseph named him Jesus.
His mother wrapped him in swaddling cloth and placed him in a manger to rest. Both her and Joseph were overcome with Glee.
The shepherds soon appeared to visit the little baby Jesus. And the three wisemen arrived soon after. They brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and possibly the latest iPad Mini.
The little baby slept sound that night.
At the end of the day, fads and trends, fashions and hit TV shows, blockbuster movies, and catchy songs will grow old and faded. Chances are one day we might not remember them at all.
But more than two thousand years later, we’re still talking about a baby born in a manger. A baby who came to this world to take the punishment for our sins because his love for us is just that great.
Remember what matters. Merry Christmas everyone!