2 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
The wonder of CHRISTmas mesmerises me.
God’s plan of love and redemption (deliverance, rescue, atonement and repurchase) for us to be set free. What a day in history.
He takes Mary (from Nazareth) and Joseph (from Bethlehem) and they go on a journey to Bethlehem because of a Government requirement, which fulfils a prophecy from 700BC – Micah 5 v 2 “From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”
I am overwhelmed by the plan (planned to the exact detail), by the love (willingness and sacrifice), by the humility (born as a child), and the desire of God Himself to be in relationship with me. I am humbled by the willingness of Mary to be shamed and possibly killed (pregnant before marriage) and Joseph’s courage to assume his responsibility towards her.
I am so grateful for this ETERNAL GIFT – Jesus.
There is no other gift that has had such a profound impact on my life.
No gift under the tree this Christmas will compare with what Jesus has done in my life.
With such simplicity we can release our life to Him and He promises us ALL…His spirit, His love, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, His power and His courage……and the list goes on…..
Lord may my hands this Christmas be open. May I be willing to receive all that you have for me. May I give even more than I receive. Help me this Christmas and in 2017 to be even more like you.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta