Luke 2:1-7a: The Birth of Jesus Part 1
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
The Roman census lead Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem where the King of kings would be born into this world. Jesus would later proclaim, “. . . no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3) If a census of His kingdom was taken today, would you be counted? Have you been born into His world? Is the King of kings your king? If so, we celebrate together the birth of our Savior. If not, it’s not too late for your spiritual birthday and citizenship into the kingdom–stand up and be counted!