Today’s Scripture is from Luke 2:1-5
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of he house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
In Mica 5, it was prophesied that the Messiah would be born in the city of Bethlehem. Even though Mary and Joseph were currently living in Nazareth the timing was perfect because Caesar Augustus had decided to tax the people in their home town. This forced the couple to travel to Bethlehem for the first Christmas in accordance with the prophecy. In ways they could have never imagined, the governing bodies of the day were working to bring God’s plan for the salvation of mankind into fruition.
Surely this journey would not prove easy for the pregnant Mary, and the adversity they would face in the days to come would surely be difficult to immagine as being part of God’s plan, and yet had it not been for these adversities the prophecies would not have come true. God had foreknowledge of these events and used them to paint the most incredible and humbling story the world has ever known. Nothing was outside of his hands or his control, he knew exactly how things would turn out and he still sent his son to us. His son that would be born in a manger and die on a cross, was willingly sent from God to us as his ultimate gift. No hardship or struggle was outside of his plan and no act of man or governing body could do anything more than bring the plan to fruition, even if a the time the could not have possibly understood.