Bethlehem

        A Journey in Time

Christ was born during the reign of Caesar Augustus one of the greatest caesars that turned Rome from a republic to an empire.  Most scholars believe Christ was born between 6 BC and 4 BC.  So it was during this time period that Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone in the known world be taxed into his own city (Lk.2:3).

So Joseph with Mary, his espoused wife, went to Bethlehem (Joseph was of the house and lineage of David) to have her child.   “And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them at the Inn”.  The word for manger in the Hebrew language means stall (AWRYA).

The reason I highlight the word manger is because some of our  learned scholars in the Temple do no believe that Christ was born in squalid conditions.  They believe that since Joseph was well off that Christ was born at an Inn. I have heard these stories over the years.  The Word states manger, so I will stick with that narrative.

The truth of the matter is that Christ had to be born a man.  The circumstances of his birth were harsh.  We, like the new born Christ, are like an infant, helpless and dejected born into a mean situation.  The Father knows that parents want to indulge their children in the best that the world has to offer;  lodging, food, education, and clothes.  If the Son of God was born for sake of an argument in a hotel room then the poor would envy the rich and the rich would disdain the poor.

So by Faith when we view the Son of God in a manger; our vanity, our ambition, and envy are put in the closet.  Objectively, we can not seek great things for ourselves or our children.  The birth of Christ sets the stage for our redemption later in our lives.

So tomorrow Christ will be born from the womb throughout the world and the angels of high will sing praises of Glory, ” Hosanna in the Highest”.  The Wise Men will show up and present the perfumes of Life to the Son of God.  Amen