ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 19

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.
She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of
cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available
for them.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among
them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were
terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring
you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the
Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped
snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of
heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each
other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened,
which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there
was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told
everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about
this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary
kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had
heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the
name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.
Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law
of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to
present him to the Lord. The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child
is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.” So they offered the sacrifice
required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young
At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and
rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that
he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit
led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby

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