Happy Birthday, Jesus!
I have a son-in-law who had never heard the story about the real meaning of Christmas. So in honor of him, and all Right To Lifers, I will attempt to tell the story of the birth of Jesus by Jan. 6th. The 12th day of Christmas. I don't know how they arrived at that date. If you start with Dec. 25th, you get Jan. 5th??? I will be using the, easy to understand, New Living Translation of the Bible. If you like thee's & Thou's use the King James, or read Shakespeare.
Luke 1-5 It all began with a Jewish priest, Zechariah, who lived when Herod was king of Judea. Zechariah was a member of the priestly order of Abijah. His wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. 6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord's commandments and regulations. 7 They had no children because Elizabeth was barren, and now they were both very old.
8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. 9 As was the custom of priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary and burn incense in the Lord's presence. 10 While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.
11 Zechariah was in the sanctuary when an angel of the Lord appeared, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12 Zechariah was overwhelmed with fear. 13 But the angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! For God has heard your prayer, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son! And you are to name him John. (things written in parentheses are my comments. Angels are spirit beings who live in God's presence and do his will. The inner sanctuary is a very safe and well constructed place that only a priest is allowed to enter. Only a spirit would be able to enter through the walls. Both Zechariah and Elizabeth, well past their child bearing years, and had stopped even asking the Lord for children. in Jewish culture this was considered not having God's blessing.) 14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice with you at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or hard liquor, and he will be filled with the holy spirit, even before his birth. 16 And he will persuade many Israelites to turn to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man of the power and spirit of Elijah, the prophet of old. He will precede the coming of the Lord, preparing the people for his arrival. He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and he will turn disobedient minds to accept godly wisdom.
18 Zechariah said to the angel, "how can I know this will happen? I'm an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years."
19 Then the angel said, "I am Gabriel! I stand in the presence of God. it was he who sent me to you to give you this good news! 20 And now, since you didn't believe me what I said, you won't be able to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly come true at the proper time."
21 meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out, wondering why he was taking so long. 22 When he finally did come out, he couldn't speak to them. Then they realized from his gestures that he must have seen a vision in the Temple Sanctuary.
23 He stayed at the Temple until his term of service was over, and then he returned home. Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. 25 "how kind the Lord is!" she exclaimed. "He has taken away my disgrace of having no children!"