Words from the Heart for Thursday December 20th, 2018
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.
Luke 2:4-5 (NLT)
Going to Bethlehem
No doubt Joseph knew the ancient prophecies about a ruler coming out of Bethlehem. Joseph also knew he was of the lineage of David who was from Bethlehem. But, it must have still been a mystery how the Lord would fulfill this prophecy. The mystery was solved when Caesar declared a census.
MSN.com has a list of what they consider to be Canada’s 14 most charming small towns. I have visited many of them and have to agree with the choices they made. One that I particularly enjoyed visiting is St. Andrews by the Sea in New Brunswick. According to the article: “Canada’s oldest seaside resort town, set on the edge of a peninsula facing the Bay of Fundy, has been a playground of the affluent since its foundation in the 18th century.
One of the first jokes I learned as a child asked, “How many big men were born in small towns?” The silly answer is “none. Just babies.” The point of the joke is, of course, that often people who become famous, or accomplish great things come from insignificant beginnings. That was certainly the case with Jesus. Long before Jesus was born, God decided that His Son the Messiah would be born in an obscure village on the outer reaches of a great Empire. And to accomplish this, centuries before Jesus was born, God set a plan into motion. Matthew 2:4-5 says, “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.” What a profoundly Kingdom of God move this was. If a human being had put this plan into place, he likely would have had Jesus born in Rome, the centre of the universe in those days. Instead, God made the obscure famous, and the ordinary the most important. He does that in our lives as well.
These have been words from the heart.