The scripture for today is Luke 2: 1-14, NIV.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
4 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.
While there, Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.
Angels appeared to the shepherds in the hills and told them of the birth of the Messiah.
I feel these are some of the most known words in the Bible, other than Jesus wept. We always get to hear them many times during the Christmas season. AMEN.
Now they HAD to go on the trip from Nazareth. It was decreed by Caesar. It was NOT an easy trip. Only 100 miles, over hills and rough terrain. Mary was VERY pregnant and had a rough ride on a donkey. Now, as a previous midwife, I would not have recommended this trip. They had very little food and water, if any, by the time they got to Bethlehem. But if all of this did not happen, we would NOT have the merciful and gracious salvation from God that we have today.
Jesus had to be born before His crucifixion on the cross.
I don't know if we will be back in church by Christmas. I really doubt it. But we can share with family. Put up a Nativity scene. Thank Jesus for His birth. Without it we would not have His sacrifice and our salvation. Praise God.
Frances Torgerson firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: That our real Christmas gift this year will be a decrease of cases as well as the birth of our Savior, Jesus.
Alternate Verses: Psalm 96 Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14