“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 2:11-12
When Jesus was born, “there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). The Scripture goes on:
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
– Luke 2:9-10
The angel, believed to be Gabriel, brought the message of the birth of Christ which is what the celebration of Christmas is all about.
However, through secularism, commercialism, and consumerism, that aspect of the holiday has become largely forgotten.
Bible verses found in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 are where you will find the most important Bible verse for birthday – the birth of Jesus.
On Thursday, December 5, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held at the Vatican, but the clear center point that captured everyone’s attention was the life-size nativity scene displayed adjacent to the 85-foot tall spruce.
Setting up a creche is a treasured tradition that Pope Francis doesn’t wish to be forgotten.
Pope Francis said a nativity scene “is a genuine way of communicating the gospel, in a world that sometimes seems to be afraid of remembering what Christmas really is and eliminates Christian symbols, only to retain those drawn from a banal, commercial imagination.”
“I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas,” Pope Francis said in a written statement, “but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons, and town squares.”
“It is my hope that this custom will never be lost,” the Pope added, “and that, wherever it has fallen into disuse, it can be rediscovered and revived.”
“The Christmas crèche is part of the precious yet demanding process of passing on the faith,” Pope Francis continued.
“Beginning in childhood, and at every stage of our lives, it teaches us to contemplate Jesus, to experience God’s love for us, to feel and believe that God is with us and that we are with him, his children, brothers and sisters all, thanks to that Child who is the Son of God and the Son of the Virgin Mary. And to realize that in that knowledge we find true happiness.”