(Sorry about yesterday, I had to attend a funeral for a very dear friend of mine, Rev. Adrian Bacarisse. Adrian, you will be missed... you were my prayer warrior as well as for a lot of others. We pray
for Molly and the family)
Luke 2:1–7 (ESV)
The Birth of Jesus Christ
2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
4 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, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they
were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 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.
2 begins with some history markers. You have Caesar Augustus decreeing a census. Caesar Augustus began around 27BC - 14AD. Quirinius issued a census or registration around 6AD and is further supported by the historian Josephus. This
is too late, so the census would have happened before this Quirinius took office, but completed during Quirinius reign. This would put the census somewhere between 4BC and 1AD. Everyone had to go to their home town, which was Bethlehem for Mary
and Joseph. I find it interesting that they pass through Nazareth on the way to Bethlehem, because Jesus is said to be from both Bethlehem and Nazareth. He was born in Bethlehem, but grew up in Nazareth. The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem
is about 90 miles or a three day trip. They didn’t have cars back then. Riding on a donkey while pregnant was probably not fun. Joseph was engaged to Mary, even more so than what we call engagement. He is basically contractually
married to her, but the marriage has not been consummated. Luke simply states that she gave birth to Jesus. Luke delivers the story in it’s basic form... she gave birth to her firstborn and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in
a manger. There was no place for them in the inn. A poor and humble start for the King of Kings. This is not what man would dream up for the beginning of the Son of God. Missing is the pomp and celebration, but born in a manger away from
the people. I pray: Lord, help me to be humble and to be content with what I have. It is so easy to want this and that, yet our Lord and Savior came into the world humbly without much. Lord, let me be content with accepting our daily
bread from the Lord and to trust in his daily provisions. Thank you for your forgiveness. Amen.