Luke 2:4 says, “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:).” About 70 miles north of Bethlehem was the town of Nazareth. It was there that Joseph had made his home. When King Herod demanded that a census be taken, Joseph had to return to the city of his birth: Bethlehem. As he traveled south to Bethlehem, he had Mary, his espoused wife who was well along in her pregnancy with Jesus. Once they arrived in Bethlehem, they found the best accommodations available in the crowded city and as recorded in verse six: “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.” In those humble surroundings, the Savior was born. Born of a virgin Jesus came that day in the form of a man. He had left Heaven for earth. He had left what he knew for a life among us. He left his home to come to ours. Why? In 1 Timothy 1:15, we read: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” There comes a time in our life when each of us knows wrong from right and we then need a Savior. No matter what we have done or who we are, Jesus came to restore a relationship. Jesus did what he needed to do...and the rest is up to you. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.