On that first Christmas night, who was aware of the magnitude of that birth? Certainly his Mother Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds instructed by Angels, the Magi already following the star, the parents of John the Baptist, and Simeon the Elder who would see the Messiah before death! Mary, in her Magnificat, and Zachary's Benedictus, praise the Lord God of Israel for remembering His covenant and fulfilling an oath He swore to Abraham and his posterity. The journey of mankind to Bethlehem began when God promised Adam and Eve a redeemer. Jesus' birth marked the fulfillment of the ancient promises. Now we live in the "fullness of time" and our journey is into the future. But lessons from the past, the lives of prophets and holy men are given as invaluable help.