The beauty of that night was not a calm, serene setting with radiant beams emitting from or around the baby. The beauty of that night was how clearly it showed the love of God – sending His son not to the king’s palace or the rich man’s house, but to a dirty, cold, dark stable.
Silent Night, Holy Night
What a beautiful picture we have of that first Christmas! Mary and Joseph, dressed in plain, but neat, clothes. The baby is wrapped in a clean blanket and the shepherds and Wise Men all stand or sit on the clean straw. And one of our most beloved Christmas carols make it all sound so peaceful and clean.
Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, all is bright
But was it a silent night? Was all calm and bright?
According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph had just made a long trip from their home town of Nazareth to Bethlehem. This would not be considered a “long” trip today. It is approximately 100 miles and MapQuest says it can be made in less than two hours. However, at the time of Jesus’ birth, travel would have been on foot on rough roads with no Holiday Inn or…
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