Thousands of years ago ...
... God spoke to Abraham under the stars
and promised that through him
all people would be blessed.
Abraham had a son named Isaac.
From Isaac came Judah.
From the house of Judah came Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
From Obed came Jesse,
of whom the prophet Isaiah wrote,
"The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule the nations;
the Gentiles will hope in him."
From Jesse came David the King.
David was the father of Solomon.
And from the line of Solomon,
there came a man named Jacob,
who was the father of Joseph,
who took Mary to be his wife.
To them Jesus was born;
the light of the world,
King of Kings,
Lord of Lords,
the Everlasting God,
the promised one of Abraham,
who came to bless and save us all.
And so each went ...
... to his own city to be counted.
So Joseph went up from Nazareth to Judea, to the town of Bethlehem, the City of David, because he was of the house and family of David. He went with Mary, who was to be his wife, who was carrying a child by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And while they were there in Bethlehem, the time came for the baby to be born. And so Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
There were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their sheep through the night.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone all around them, and they were all afraid. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people. For this day, in the city of David, is born to you a savior, it is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign for you - you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
Then suddenly, there was with the angel, a great company of angels, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all in whom God's favor rests."
He was in the beginning ...
... with God, through him all things were made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
And the Word became flesh and lived on earth with us.
His name is Jesus.
To all who receive him, who believe in his name, he gives the power to become children of God.