Spiritual Fan Fiction posted November 21, 2006


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Behold, the Savior has come

by G.B. Smith


















Passing through Jerusalem and going on to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary applied in vain for space in local caravansaries, or Khans, which catered to caravans as well as pilgrims.

Courtyards provided space for camels and donkeys to rest and to refresh with water.
Rooms were simple roofed enclosures with little privacy; travelers competed for space to spread their blankets on the floors. Because there was no room for Joseph and Mary, even in one of these inns, they took shelter in a stable. Possibly it could have been in one of the limestone caves commonly used for that purpose.


Did anyone assist Mary at the birth of her first baby—a nearby midwife, or perhaps a female member of her family? The record is silent on this point. We can be assured, however, that she was watched over by angels as the Messiah entered into mortal life.


Generally, once an infant was delivered in those times, his skin was washed and cleansed with water, then gently rubbed with salt to guard against infection. Then the infant was “placed in a folded square of cloth, and then wrapped swaddling bands that restricted movement.”  Likewise, the baby Jesus was “wrapped in swaddling clothes” and placed in a manger for his bed.
Late March through early April was lambing season, and shepherds may have been laboring in Bethlehem’s hillside fields the night of Christ’s birth, assisting the ewes in the births of their lambs. It is likely that these were no ordinary animals, for Jewish law proclaimed that only flocks designated for temple sacrifice could be raised near the cities.


“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 Savior, 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 singing
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:9-14)
With the departure of the angels, the shepherds went “with Haste”  to see for themselves the Messiah, the newborn “Lamb of God, …the Son of the Eternal Father” who would grow to become the Shepherd of Israel—and be sacrificed for his flock. After their visit, they spread the joyous word of the Messiah’s birth, “and all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”

Mary’s thoughts:

That day seems like a dream to me now, when the angel came to me and told me I was to be the mother of the Messiah.  I know it was not a dream. There he stood before me—an angel, as real as the table I knead my bread upon—and said, “Blessed art thou among women. Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.”


It sounded incredible, me, Mary of Nazareth?  I was virgin that had never known a man? And what would Joseph think? What of the plans we had made to join our lives—in our long conversations about the future—this possibility had never occurred to us, but what do you say to an angel when he stands before you with a message from God? Humbly, gratefully, I bowed my head and said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” 
 

Joseph’s thoughts:

When I found that my beloved Mary was with child, I was in anguish.  I love her...yes, but I could not marry her!  And then, I dreamed a dream, in which the angel of the Lord came to me and said, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”  What a burden went from my heart.  And what awe and devotion filled me for this great woman whom god had thus appointed.  She was to bear and raise the Son of God.  And I would have the privilege of helping her.
Some years later my Son became my teacher.

Wise Men:

When the star first appeared we knew what it meant: the King of the Jews had been born. Our only wish was to find him, to worship him. We brought with us our best treasures: gold, frankincense, and myrrh and the treasures of our heart as well. Long had we waited for this time, long had we searched the skies for the promised sign, and when it came, oh how we rejoiced.


When we reached Jerusalem, we inquired of Herod, the King where we might find this child, His chief priests and scribes told him of the words of the prophets: “Thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel.” When we left the king, the star went before us and led us to Bethlehem—led us to Him.


Today we still seek him, the Son of God the Holy One of Israel.  Like the wise men of old we bear Him still our most precious gifts, our lives and testimonies that he lives, and He will come again.


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. –John 14:27
 

Today we celebrate a singular event in the history of the world at this time of year, the birth of Jesus Christ – The Messiah, the Son of God the Savior of the world. His birth was foretold by the Prophet Isaiah seven hundred years before the actual event occurred. Isaiah declared the glad tidings in these simple words: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”
May you find peace in this Christmas season and throughout the coming year as you apply the Savior’s teachings in your life.
 

Bear



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I wondered what those involved in the area of the birth of Jesus, MIGHT have been thinking. This is what I came up with. If you don't agree with me, that is OK. Remember these are just the thoughts of my own heart.
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