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At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea.
Months before their journey to Bethlehem began, both Mary and Joseph were visited by Angels of the Lord.
Although Mary was unsure of how this could happen, she trusted in the angel’s words, believing that nothing is impossible with God.
Once Mary became pregnant, Joseph, as her fiancé, had a big decision to make. Mary was engaged to him, yet had become pregnant. Joseph was a good man, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. However, the Lord had other plans for Joseph. An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. You are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
It was with great eagerness that the Jewish people had been anticipating the coming of their Messiah. Mary and Joseph understood what Jesus’ birth and life would mean to their people. In fact, Mary considered herself blessed that the Lord would fulfill his promises through her.
There is another character in our story, however, who was not pleased to learn of the Messiah’s coming birth. This man was Herod, a Roman-appointed king and dictator, who saw this baby as a tremendous threat to his power.
Mary and Joseph had reached Bethlehem. And while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. Mary gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
story. God loves you so much, and invites you to put your trust in Jesus Christ His Son, so you can know his peace in your heart, both now and forever.