The Christmas story

'For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour ... '

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(Editor’s note: As has been The Augusta Chronicle’s tradition, and in keeping with the reason for the season, we are pleased to reprint the Christmas story from the Bible.)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

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.

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, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

– Luke 2:1-16

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Riverman1 12/25/12 - 07:25 am
Even Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

Even Bad, Bad Leroy Brown wouldn't touch this Biblical passage, razor in his shoe and all.

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 12/25/12 - 08:31 am
Hey river

Remember he has a .32 gun in his poceket full of fun...

soapy_725 12/25/12 - 09:17 am
The greatest gift of all time and creation.

Freely given. Eternal life, peace, freedom from want, pain, suffering, death, separation and destruction. With all of that comes the opportunity to walk and talk with the Creator and Sustainor of all things.

Joy to the World!! The LORD has come!!!

Bizkit 12/25/12 - 10:32 am
This is a great beginning but

This is a great beginning but if that were all the story-it wouldn't be too interesting. The next part comes Easter and it will change the world-like any king or politician would envy. But I like a good story relating "good news" and then a fantastic ending. Personally I love it I would have never figured out that I had to be lost to myself to find myself (the Buddha would have a hissy fit). But today we celibrate the beginning-and what a great beginning. Lots of great memories of christmas past and look forward to new memories. Merry CHRISTmas to all.

Gage Creed
Gage Creed 12/26/12 - 01:55 pm
I wonder....why is it when

I wonder....why is it when you read some posts....the voice in your head use's Charlie Brown's teacher as the voice-over?

Edit: TPTB seem to have removed Charlie Brown's Teachers post...

carcraft 12/25/12 - 06:53 pm
I have been fortunate to

I have been fortunate to experience God's grace! This same grace transformed Saul of Tarsus into the Apostle Paul! This grace transformed John Newton from slave ship crew to author of the hymn Amazing grace! God is offering the free gift of fellowship with Him, now is the time to chose!

InChristLove 12/25/12 - 09:19 pm
"Idiotic requirement"

"Idiotic requirement" grouse....hmmm, seems there were actually three censuses so how idiotic is that?

Please take time to inform yourself by reading the whole article and see what actually "starts out with, at best, misinformation, and at worst, a lie. I believe you will see you, sir/ma'am, are the one misinformed.

"But what of the census that Luke 2:1 speaks of? Is there any record outside of the Bible that Augustus ever issued such a decree? Yes. As a matter of fact he authorized three censuses during this reign. How do we know this? The three censuses are listed in the Acts of Augustus, a list of what Augustus thought were the 35 greatest achievements of his reign. He was so proud of the censuses that he ranked them eighth on the list. The Acts of Augustus were placed on two bronze plaques outside of Augustus's mausoleum after he died."

itsanotherday1 12/25/12 - 10:40 pm
It starts out with, at best,

And you read this editorial titled the Christmas story why? Just to have an opportunity to poke someone in the eye? Why bother? You knew it was a subject of an unwinnable argument and something you do not believe in.

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