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The Uncanny “Where” of the Christmas Story

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  • The Uncanny “Where” of the Christmas Story

    Luke 2:1-7 (New King James Version)

    1] And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2] This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3] So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4] Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5] to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6] So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7] And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

    The Uncanny “Where” of the Christmas Story

    The ancient prophecies were unequivocal. It had to happen in Bethlehem. That is, the Messiah would be born at that specific spot on planet earth. God superintended an uncanny series of events to cause a perfect storm for this to happen. First, Mary’s pregnancy was in exact timing. Secondly, God involved Augustus Caesar who called a citizens registration. Third, Joseph would be forced to leave Nazareth in Galilee and travel to Bethlehem in Judea. And fourth, while in Bethlehem, Mary’s child, God’s Son, was born.

    I often tell people that the definition of coincidence is when God wants to remain anonymous. Thank God for His interest in the details.

    FOR TODAY: Thank God for how He has arranged events in your life to bring you closer to Him.