I don’t think that when Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world, he knew that he was being used to send Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem so that Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, would be born in the very place it was prophesied that He would be born. It was the place, Bethlehem, where lambs without spot or wrinkle were raised to be sacrificed in the temple. The Shepherds who raised and cared for the sheep were the first to recognize and honor the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world for all time.
Amazing! The prophecy was fulfilled. The requirement of the present day law was honored.
I believe that our wonderful Lord and Savior continues to be interested in the big and small details of our lives. The place we were born, the family we were born into, the place where we live is important in God’s plan for our lives. The hurts in our today, the anxieties, the struggles – He cares about all of that on our behalf. He continues to be able to raise up kings and use even a donkey to speak. We serve a mighty, able God.
My prayer for each of us as we move into the new Roman calendar year 2017 is that we would “see” the beautiful details in our lives so carefully and lovingly crafted by our Savior. That we would “see” and be open to the miracles He has prepared for us from the beginning of time. That we would walk confidently and respectfully under His watchful, guiding lovingkindness. That we would trust Him and submit fully to Him as Lord and Savior. Let us all trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not on our own understanding, rather in all ways let us acknowledge Him! (Proverbs 3:5)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
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