The Word by Alfred W. Bates

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto
you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,…’”
Luke 2:10-11a (KJV)

I remember, as a young boy, staying with my grandparents during
the summer to help them work the farm. At day’s end, Grandfather
read the Bible to Grandmother and me by kerosene lamp. Sometimes,
I didn’t know the meaning of words he read, which made it
difficult to fully understand the scripture. One of the words I asked
Grandfather about was the word behold. He defined it: look, see, or

Our memory enables us to recall events which occurred yesterday
and many years ago. However, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem
we were not present, so we have no personal memory of that holy
event. But angels, shepherds, and others were there, and through
the writings of the prophets and apostles, God enables us to behold His heavenly event.

The words in Luke 2:10-11 tell only part of the story of Jesus’ birth. These scriptures, and others read in many households during the Christmas season, enable mankind to know of the good news and great joy in God’s gift of the Savior.

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus,
my Savior; and for the apostles who recorded His birth,
that I might behold your great love through the Word.

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