“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem…He went there to register with Mary,..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.” Luke 2:4-7
In the birth narrative there are so many details left out–Oh, how the questions drape over this story! The gaps are there to let us wonder–to let us fill in the gaps.
How did they travel with Mary so far along in her pregnancy? Didn’t Mary protest–where will I stay–what if I go into labor on the journey?–How did Joseph prepare for this journey, knowing that this event could take place? Did their fellow sojourners shun them because of the social no-no that had occurred (Mary pregnant before marriage)? How long would they stay?…Did Mary think there would be a miraculous birth too?
Do you have questions this Christmas season? Do you want resolution to certain conditions? There may be an awkward situation you do not want to confront this Christmas. A challenging relative…a friendship that needs restored. Love that needs rekindled. Are you asking God for things that have not transpired.
Be honest–if you would have been put in these circumstances: would have been grumbling recorded? What on earth am I to do Lord? I cannot travel! The census is ridiculous–and Caesar is an authority that I cannot submit to–even
if everyone else is doing so! No one will notice if I do not show up, so why does it matter?
Why were the holy child’s earthly parents obedient? No easy path was available to answer the questions or confront these uncomfortable state of affairs. Remember, the manger was not comfortable. “…and Mary said, My soul glorifies the Lord…”
“The child’s mother and father marveled at what was said about him.” Luke 2:33
Joseph and Mary pondered what angels and prophets told them. The glorious and the difficult.
Might we be willing to embrace Christmas? The Christ. God’s love for us sent in an unlikely way–a child in a manger.
Embrace the unlikeliness of whatever you are encountering. For Christ. Because of Christ.
The manger was not comfortable and it held the savior of the world.
Marvel at this season-the glorious and the difficult. Embrace the road to Bethlehem. Your Bethlehem.
Sovereign Lord, may I marvel at you and embrace your path. As the great company of heavenly host sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”