1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his
disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the
synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this
man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been
given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?
3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of
James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And
they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not
without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to
them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you
good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the
town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the
Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in
cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the
heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on
whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into
heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and
see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who
was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the
word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all
who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
LESSONS OF THE SEASONS
1. Experience the presence of God.
2. Worship the living God.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just
as they had been told.