Preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. This is day 11 of the 26 day journey. Join me.
Day 11 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled The Birth of Jesus.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.They are engaged to be married. She is pregnant, and as the NLT puts it "obviously pregnant." They are traveling to Joseph's hometown to follow the law and register for the census.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.(Luke 2:1-7)
I continue to marvel at their boldness and trust in God and his GOOD NEWS that only they really knew at this point. The world looks at them as just an unmarried pregnant traveling couple. I can only imagine the looks they got as they met people along the way. Yet they didn't hide, they didn't shrink back even in the face of rejection by others. They knew this was the will of God. They may have understood that the world was about to change and change big time.
This is an example for me. This is a lesson for me today. I want this kind of boldness coming out of trust in God's will. I want that in my life. Thank you Lord for teaching me in your Word.
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.