Have you ever tried to imagine the events of that glorious day so long ago? There was Joseph and a young pregnant Mary, exhausted from their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, roughly a 70 mile walk.

I can only imagine the difficult trip that must have been for Mary as she was prepared to give birth at any time. They enter the bustling city with no place to bed down for the night.

There are no rooms available and they end up settling down in a stable among the animals. The odor must have been almost unbearable, not to mention the lack of comfort they were subjected to that night.

But I can say with utmost confidence, knowing from scripture that Joseph was a man of integrity and consideration, that he did everything in his power to make his precious wife as comfortable as possible as she prepared to bring the sweet baby Jesus into this world.

Now we go to the shepherds out in the fields that night. Can you imagine the fear and awe that they must have experienced as the angel of the Lord appeared to them and proclaimed to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you – you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And I can’t even begin to comprehend what it must have sounded like as the multitude of the heavenly host began to praise God saying, “Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” It must have been the most beautiful and melodic sound ever heard.

The Bible tells us that the shepherds “came in haste” to find the babe in the manager. I can just see them now, running with anticipation down the hills into the city to see the precious baby Jesus who would be the savior of all mankind.

And last but not least, the wise men from the East finally reach their long sought-after destination, entering the place where they would behold the young child who had “been born King of the Jews.” Their reverence to Jesus was of utmost sincerity and respect as the scriptures tell us that they “fell down and worshipped him.”

May we all feel this same way about Jesus this Christmas day as we celebrate His priceless birth. Thank you Jesus, for coming down to save us and for allowing us to celebrate the most important birthday of all time – yours. Merry Christmas everyone and may you all have a blessed 2012.

Tony Maghakian
Mount Shasta