But we do believe, as do most of our readers, and we are using the editorial column in today’s paper to tell the story of the birth of Jesus as found in The Gospel of Luke.
Those of different faiths, or of no faith at all, should recognize that this singular event — the birth of Jesus — has had an undeniable impact on our world. That impact is still being felt more than 2,000 years later as a message of love and peace.
That our world is not filled with love and peace is not the fault of the message, it is the fault of a world that refuses to listen.
Here is how it started:
LUKE, CHAPTER 2
In those days an order went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of the whole world. This registration first occurred while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
They all went to be registered, each to his own city, and Joseph, too, went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth to Judea, the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and the family of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, whose pregnancy was advanced.
While they were there, her days were completed to give birth, and she bore her first-born Son, whom she had wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
There were in the same country shepherds, staying in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an angel of the Lord stood by them and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they feared greatly.
And the angel said to them, “Have no fear for behold I announce to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today there was born for you in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this is a token for you: you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace among men in his favor.”
As the angels went from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem and let us see what has happened that the Lord has made known to us.’’ And hastily they went, found both Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. When they had seen the child they made known to others what had been told them regarding it and everyone who heard it marveled at the things that were reported to them by the shepherds.
But Mary treasured these reports and thought them over in her heart. And the shepherds went back, glorifying God for everything they had heard and seen just as it had been told to them.
This version of the birth of Jesus is from the 1977 Revised Berkeley Version of the Bible in Modern English.