Luke 2:1-7 -In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the entire inhabited earth should be taxed. 2 This taxation was first made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone went to his own city to be taxed.
4 So Joseph also departed from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to the City of David which is called Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be taxed with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So while they were there, the day came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in strips of cloth, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Old Testament Prophet Micah prophesied that the birth of Jesus would take place in Bethlehem.
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, although you are small among the tribes of Judah, from you will come forth for Me one who will be ruler over Israel. His origins are from of old, from ancient days.
Caesar Augustus made a decree that all should go to their hometown and pay taxes.
The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, I am sure was a tiresome and long journey for a pregnant teenage girl, but it was necessary, for it was a part of God's plan.
While in Bethlehem, Mary goes into labor and gives birth to her firstborn Son, Jesus. She wraps Him in strips of cloth (swaddling clothes) and laid Him in a manger .
The birth of Jesus in an animal stable and “no room” at the “ Inn” did not catch God by surprise. As a matter of fact, God planned it that way!
This Christmas, God calls us to open up our heart and receive His Gift called "Jesus". The One who was born to die just for you and I.
If you do not know Jesus for the pardon of your sins, I urge, beg and plea with you on today to open up the doors to your heart and taken down the "no vacancy" sign for Christ wants to come in and live on the inside of you.
Will you accept “Jesus” on today? The prophecy concerning His birth was a personal promise being sent from God directly to you and I.
Shame the enemy this Christmas season and give the "gift" of “a testimony to the virgin birth of Jesus” to some of those friends and family members that we KNOW are living in darkness apart from God.
Jesus is the ”GIFT” that keeps on giving! Will you share Him this Christmas season? I know you will be glad you did.
JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME, LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING. LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM.
God bless and I love you all.
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