His Birth
Luke 2:8 (NIV) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord....

Matthew 2:1 (ESV) 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, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon.... 26 ...it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus.... 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all people,

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel.... 37 ... She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Prophecies , angels, astronomical events -- this was no ordinary baby!
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men, Simeon, Anna -- much of the story is familiar to most people. But did you notice that these characters cover all of human experience? Men and women are represented. Old and young. Rich and poor. Jews and Gentiles. Religious and not-so-much. As the angels proclaimed and Simeon echoed, this good news is for all people.