Accept The Difficult Road

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town.And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. ~ Luke 2:1-5

Caesar Augustus made a decree that would put Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, the City of David. If it was not for the governmental census, Mary and Joseph would have had no reason to travel to Bethlehem. I’m sure it was a stressful time. Mary’s almost ready to give birth. They don’t know where they’re going to stay. The trip wasn’t going to be easy, especially with Mary’s pregnancy.

Nevertheless, this stress not only brought forth the fulfillment of Scripture but also gave hope to all of Bethlehem. See, if they weren’t in Bethlehem, the shepherds wouldn’t have been able to come and see the Christ child born. If they couldn’t come and see, then they couldn’t go throughout the town and tell everyone of what they saw.

Sometimes, the road is difficult, but it always leads to hope. It always leads to good news of great joy. It was because of the decree of Caesar that a town that had no hope was given the ultimate hope in one moment.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Accept The Difficult Road.

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