|Friday 22nd December
18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He travelled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
Following Mary’s encounter with the Angel Gabriel, the time comes for her baby to be born. Both gospel writers give much emphasis to the surroundings and context of the birth.
We read that Joseph stayed with Mary when he could have departed from her. After all, to fall pregnant prior to marriage was not acceptable.
We read that a census for tax reasons was taking place meaning that Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem in Judea.
The scene is set for the birth of Christ…
Have you set the scene of your life for Christ’s entry?
The big day is nearly here, can I encourage you to make some space to welcome Jesus, to set a place at the table for the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords