It Is Well with My Soul: The Sacred Roots Annual 2022-2023


T he C elebration of C hristmas

WEEK 5 C hristmas D ay : T he N ativity of the L ord December 25 - 31, 2022 Christmas celebrates the birth of Messiah, Jesus, who is the incarnation of the Son of God, Mary’s child. He is the Wordmade flesh, the conqueror who enters this fallen world to reveal to us the Father’s love, to destroy the devil’s work, and to redeem his people from their sins. After Joseph and Mary’s journey to the city of David to be registered, the time came for Mary to give birth, and she delivered there her firstborn Son, the baby Jesus. Shepherds were out in the fields, watching over their flocks by night. The Angel of the Lord appeared to them with the glory of the Lord, and they were terrified. The Angel declared, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2.10-12). Suddenly, the angel was joined by a multitude of the heavenly host who praised God together, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2.13-14). On hearing the announcement of Jesus’s birth, the shepherds went to Bethlehem to see what the Lord had made known to them. There they found Mary and Joseph, and Jesus the baby lying in a manger, and later they testified of the angel’s saying concerning the child. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard concerning the child, just as the angel told them. Good news to the world has come through the baby born to Mary that night, our Savior, Jesus the Lord. THIS WEEK’S THEME Christ the Savior Is Born, Luke 2.8-20


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