Celebrating the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ!
22 - Right Place, Right Time!
1 About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation.
2 (This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.
4 And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David's ancient home - journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth.
5 He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was obviously pregnant by this time.
Isn't it amazing how God gets us to the right place at the right time, when we purpose in our hearts to fit into His purpose, as Joseph and Mary did.
Joseph evidently lived in the Galilean village of Nazareth, even though his ancestral home was 112 kilometers south of there, in Bethlehem.
He and Mary both knew that they were to be the earthly parents of the Messiah, and all the prophesies of the scriptures said that the Messiah was to be born in Bethelhem.
Now, what would it take move the steady man Joseph and the very pregnant Mary, 112 kilometers from Nazareth to Bethelhem for this most auspicious occasion - the birth of the Messiah - on God's calender?
A census, of course!
No matter what was happening in your life, the Romans forced you to obey their laws.
This was the reason Joseph and Mary found their way to Bethlehem at this difficult stage in their lives:
because Joseph was a member of the royal line of Kind David and so he and Mary had to go there to be registered to be taxed by the Roman government. So the biographer, the Apostle Matthew says simply:
Matthew 2: 1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in Judea, during the reign of King Herod . . .
Father in heaven, the desire of my heart is that I would always find my way to the place where You need me to be, at the time You need me to be there.
Thank You for reaching down and including me in Your purpose for bringing the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ into the earth,
in His wonderful name I pray,