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Long ago birth brings out best in humans during holidays

As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus next Tuesday, Christmas Day, many will reflect on how that event has affected their own lives.

Nearly everyone is familiar with those beloved verses from the King James Bible: "And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

"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." (Luke 2:7-11).

In fact, we've watched precious little children act out those words many times in plays. But the Christmas story as told in the New Testament is filled with many treasures, like gems set in a lovely bracelet.

As Jesus grew, Luke chronicles his growth and influence: "And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." (Luke 2:47)

Consider the later words of Jesus as he began his ministry, in Luke 4: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised..."

After he put away the book of the prophet Isaiah and sat down, Jesus said: "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

It is that baby who was born in such lowly circumstances, and grew to change the world in which we live, who gives the underlying spirit and joy to Christmas. We contemplate the Christmas story, and we are compelled - to reach out to the poor, the brokenhearted, the sick, and the oppressed.

May that long ago birth that changed our world still bring joyous changes to you and yours on Christmas Day, more than 2000 years later. The staff of the Prescott Valley Tribune wishes you a Merry and blessed Christmas Day.

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