Archive for December 24th, 2009

The Very First Christmas

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. -Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)

The Luke 2 account is very nearly my favorite of the Christmas story. It is surpassed only by John 1. I share it with you today, on Christmas Eve, partly because it is on of the traditional Christmas passages. However, there are a few things I would like to point out to you in this passage. First off, Joseph had to travel from his home in Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a Roman decree. The as a whole essentially hated the Romans and counted them their enemies. God had told the people that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem. And then God used the Jews’ enemies to cause Mary and Joseph to be in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. God can use your enemies for your good. You just have to trust Him.

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