Hi I’m Chuck Bentley and this is My MoneyLife from Crown.
Years ago, my wife made what we call a Jesse Tree. It’s a quilted Christmas tree that’s hung on our wall for the Advent Season. Each day, we read a Bible story of someone in the genealogy of Christ and place a felt symbol on the tree. On the morning of the 25th, we complete the Jesse Tree with the final reading of the incredible gospel account of the birth of our Messiah taken from Luke Chapter 2:
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified, but the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord, and this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Well, I’m Chuck Bentley. On behalf of all of us at Crown Financial Ministries and Johnny Franklin our sound engineer, we join to wish you a very Merry Christmas.