At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
Luke 2:1-7 NLT
Let’s be sure we make room for Jesus this Christmas. That first Christmas was a crazy, chaotic time. The Roman emperor wanted a new count so they could better tax the people. Guests overwhelmed the town of Bethlehem—usually, it had only 600 residents. Now everyone who traced their lineage to David had to register in Bethlehem.
Times were tough back then. Heavy taxes, lack of freedom, and a broken religious system.
Yet, this was the time that God chose to send His Son into the world. The Roman Empire had paved the way for the message of God’s Savior. They had created highways for travel, like no previous time in history. Because of Rome’s influence and power, Greek was the universal language.
Often what appears to be a lousy time to us is actually God moving things into place for people to be open to His plan and purpose. Maybe God can work through our present chaos to bring revival and renewal to our world.
Lord Jesus, I invite You into my world. Step into my heart and transform me. Let Your kingdom come to pass in my life today.
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