THE REAL NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS
David R. Sillaman Jr.
T’was the night of the first Christmas, and all through the land, the shepherds were watching their flocks while Mary the Virgin child gave birth to the son of man. The prophecies foretold of a baby boy king, who would be called wonderful counselor as peace would be his to bring.
Born in a manger and wrapped in cloth the glory of the lord could not be contained. The shepherds were tending to sheep when suddenly a great light appeared from the sky. And they looked up and saw the Angels of the Lord on high.
Do not be afraid, they said, “Because today in the town of David, Christ the Savior has been born.” The sound of music filled the air as the great angels spoke, “Glory to the Lord, the great news of joy that will be for the people to adorn.”
When the Angels had left them and gone back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has been told.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger. The sight was the most glorious they had ever seen, a memory for them that would never grow old.
When they had seen him, they went out and spread the word concerning what had been told them about this boy. And all who heard it were amazed and filled with hope, love and joy. Mary the mother of the baby Jesus treasured the words in her heart as she glorified God as to why he chose her from the start.
For Mary was to be married to Joseph but before they came together, she was found to be with a child. In Mary’s day this was against the law. Now, Joseph her husband was a righteous man and because of this, he choose to not expose her flaw. Then one night in a dream an Angel appeared and said, “Joseph, do not be afraid, for what Mary has is from God not man. You will name the child Jesus for he will be the sacrificial lamb.”
In his dream, all of this took place exactly as foretold.
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did what the angel commanded and married Mary without any fuss.
During the time of Jesus’ birth an evil King named Harod ruled the earth. When King Herod heard of the news, he became very upset of the birth of a baby boy that was to replace him as the King to the Jews. And so in his anger, Harod called together all the chief priests and teachers of the law to find out exactly where the Christ was to born. In the city of Bethlehem, in Judea the baby boy king was born in a mangers stall. For on that night, a new star appeared shinning brighter than bright. The kings Magi said to the King, this was the sign of the light.
The King sent the Magi, to Bethlehem with orders to find the child so that he may worship him too. So they went on their way and followed the star of light, until it stopped over the place where the child was born on this night.
When they saw the star they were filled with joy. They brought treasures and presents; the gifts of gold, incense and myrrh to be presented to this baby boy.
Having been warned in a dream that King Herod was up to no good, and wanted to harm the baby Jesus, the Magi returned to their country by another route the King misunderstood.
When King Herod learned of this, he became very angry, but there was nothing he could do for his time as King was quickly coming to an end. This is when an angel appeared to Joseph and said, “go to Egypt and stay there until I tell you for Herod is going to search for the child but you will be safe, for God will defend.”
And so as time passed by so did King Herod and finally the day came for Jesus’ return to Nazareth, to take his place as the King he was born to be. It is written that the son of man will one day die for you and me.
But on this night, we rejoice for a savoir has been born. A savior that has taken up our sinful fight and with that we wish you all a good night.