Thursday, December 24, 2015
Background: Luke 2:1-5
Focal: Luke 2:1-5
The stage was being set. Caesar had made a decree and wanted a census taken. He wanted to know how expansive his empire had become. He wanted to know how many where under his rule. The difference in this census and those taken today is that Caesar wanted everyone to go to their hometown and not necessarily the town they were living in at that time.
Joseph packed up his pregnant wife and headed to Bethlehem because he was of the lineage of David. Little did Caesar know that his desire to fulfill his own wishes was moving God’s agenda along, Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. It would have been easier to stay nearby the people that they knew and family that could help with the birth of the child but they had to follow the rule of Caesar.
The name Bethlehem means house of bread and it would foreshadow Jesus becoming the bread of life. He takes the Passover and reminds them of the broken sacrifices he would make on their behalf. I cannot begin to image the difficulty Mary must have felt know what would come of her son. God’s gift to her is also God’s gift to all of creation. What a gift indeed.