Contributed by Warren Bird on Dec 16, 2002
Why did the shepherds get excited when told that a baby had been born? Why did Simeon and Anna get excited when they saw the baby Jesus? A baby!! So what? So everything - this was the hopes and fears of all the years meeting in Bethlehem that night.
When a baby is born the new parents get all sorts of different reactions from family and friends:
• “Oh, how lovely!”
• “Look, he’s got his dad’s eyes!”
• “Doesn’t she look just like her mum?”
• or, simply, “oh!”
But when Mary gave birth to her first son in a stable in