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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Journey


December 22, 2009

So Joseph 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.
-- Luke 2:4-5

For the next few days, let's journey with Joseph and Mary as
they experience the incredible grace of God. These verses give us
the basics: they took a trip south from their home town, they went
to Bethlehem which was King David's city, they were "betrothed" or
pledged in marriage but not yet fully married, Mary was pregnant,
and they were going there to register with the Roman government.
Intrigue and scandal ripple between the lines of this
straightforward account. Promise and fulfillment are strongly
suggested with the connection. Faithfulness through the midst of
storm is demonstrated. A real historical context for everyday
people is made with the presence of a Roman census. Scandal,
promise, faithfulness, and history collide. Jesus enters our world
very much in a place where we find ourselves -- a place of hope and
dreams marred by scandal, disappointment, travel, and bureaucracy.
He will be a people's Messiah. We know it even before the story of
his birth is told. It makes us love him and appreciate him more.
God has chosen to enter our world as one of us, not as some
pristine and untouched alien from beyond. This is a Messiah we can
reach and follow. This Jesus is one of us.

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