God’s Will Be Done [continued]
Imagine, if you will, God going over His checklist of things that are done and things yet to be done.
- Sent angel to Zecharias.
- Blessed a barren woman named Elizabeth to become pregnant in her old age.
- Indwelled the child of Zecharias & Elizabeth with His Holy Spirit while still in the womb.
- Sent angel to Mary.
- Conception in Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit.
- Sent a dream to Joseph to protect Mary and unborn child.
Then God looks at the next item to be checked, but then He pauses for the next item was suppose to be…
- Jesus born in Bethlehem
But there is a problem! Mary and Joseph are still in the northern village of Nazareth. Bethlehem, on the other hand, is located far to the south; about 3 days of arduous traveling time. Not too safe for a nine months pregnant woman who is quite ready to deliver.
So, Jesus is born in Nazareth, what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that the Lord God declared that he is to be born in Bethlehem. It’s written in Scripture… So, His will must get done
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, 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.”
In truth, God saw all this before it ever happened. His solution was to use a most unlikely of person, the emperor of Rome.
Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
This should be a reminder to us on how great our God is. For…
For the kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
In tomorrow’s post, we will compare the traditional way of the Christmas story to what the Bible actually say.