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The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered.  This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant.  While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough — because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

Luke 2:1-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Sometimes when we travel, we believe we can make the trip with no stops and do not plan for lodging.  Depending on how far we have to go, we are often able to safely reach our destinations with no problem.  However, there are other times when we must stop to rest and we begin to look for a place to simply close our eyes for a little while before we continue on our journey.  If we're lucky, we may find a comfortable little motel that will accommodate us.  If we're not so lucky, we pull into a rest stop, lock the doors and take a quick nap in the car.  On the other hand, if the reason to pull off the road is that a baby is demanding entrance into the world, we will probably need a little more help.

When Jesus decided to push out from Mary's womb, there were no cars.  There was an inn but there were no rooms available.  The best they could find was a stable.  The stable had a feeding trough - a manger - and that became Immanuel's first crib.  Our Lord was in such a hurry to get here to save us, it did not matter to Him where He would first be laid.

I sometimes wonder why an inn with no vacancies could not produce one person to help a pregnant woman about to give birth.  Then I realize that God doesn't need our help.  He was sending His Son to help us! This was His plan and it would be carried out His way.  Jesus left Heaven and all of its fullness to begin life in poverty in this world.  The lessons Jesus Christ would teach us about trusting God began with seeing how much God can do with nothing.  When we hear about God making a way out of no way, we can remember the way He brought His Son into the world.

If we worry that we may need accommodations when we travel, we can make a reservation before we leave home.  God has done quite a bit since Jesus was born to make living in this world so much easier for us.

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DelisaUpchurch on Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:24 AM
good post
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