Journey of a Lifetime
Verse 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
We now head back into the Christmas story. We have talked the last few days about Jesus’ journey to earth but He wasn’t the only one traveling for this birth. As we mentioned before, when a woman was going to have a baby she went into seclusion after the fourth month of pregnancy. Mary is an exception.
While one ruler is leaving His royal home to come to earth, an earthly ruler was wanting to know how many people were in his kingdom. The Romans were in charge and had been preparing the way for the coming of the Messiah without even knowing it. They had been building road systems to connect commerce in multiple places and this census was one more way they were setting things in motion for the long promised Savior. By requiring men to return to their ancestral homes they were fulfilling the prophesied birthplace.
That brings us back to Mary and her traveling during the months of seclusion. This journey was not made in comfort. We know from the account of Mary’s purification after the birth that they were not a wealthy couple and so it is likely that they walked the whole way from Nazareth in northern Israel to Bethlehem in southern Israel. Even if they could afford a donkey or such, it wouldn’t have been a comfortable trip.
We also need to understand that Jesus was not Joseph’s son and yet it was important to the messianic prophesies about Him being from the royal line of David for Him to be born in David’s hometown. David hadn’t been born from a royal line, he was chosen by God to be the king. The least likely in his family as his brothers were older and better looking, he was the baby of the family and was left to tend the fields like a common shepherd. He was the baby of the family and his long promised heir was coming as a baby.
While David began in this humble town and ended up as king, Jesus left His kingly throne and landed in this little country town. A king who had already reigned for eternity was coming to change the lives of His people forever.
Making It Personal
What does Christ’s coming to earth mean to you? How has His coming changed your life? What is the best way for you to share Him with others?
Making It Personal Kids
What does Jesus’ coming to earth mean to you? How has His coming changed your life? What is the best way for you to share Him with others?
Father, thank You for working out every detail long before the birth in Bethlehem. Thank You for loving us enough to lower Yourself to our level. Help us see the truth of Christmas and what it should mean to our everyday lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.