I have always loved the King James Version of Luke’s telling of Jesus’s birth. It brings back childhood memories of hearing it told in school, on television, and in movies. The words solidified the story in my imagination as vivid images that gave me hope in the face of troubles: no matter how dark and cold the night might have seemed from time to time, especially in the cold-war era of my youth, always underlying my fear was the certain truth that a savior had been born to save the world from ruin. Because I had been told the story of Jesus’s birth in every venue of my life, the struggle between my intellectual self and my spiritual self was eased by a comfort that had been built into the foundation of my personality. I wonder what the children of today’s world have to comfort them in the dark of night. What story of peace and love for mankind do they have to help balance their intellectual understanding of the world? What good tidings of great joy have our children to proclaim against the cold specter of a post-modern, materialistic, technological society? We people are not formidable enough to rely only upon ourselves, or even upon the words of the wisest among us. We need the power of God, the love of His Son, and the spiritual energy of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to tackle each day upon the earth. We need theses stories in the public Christian arena of our lives. We must not fear the consequences of placing them there. Indeed, we should anticipate the long-term good that results from our children being brought up with a message of hope for mankind.
King James Version (KJV)
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.