Back to Bethlehem
In a poignant, soul-stirring way, it is interesting to watch the management of out sovereign God as He makes Bethlehem a crossroads of human history. He moves the Emperor of Rome to pass an edict which will result in Joseph’s return to his family’s hometown—and, thereby, Jesus will be born there. He moves the stars and planets to a unique convergence which will prompt a group of eastern courtiers to study this phenomenon in conjunction with ancient Scriptures and come to worship at Bethlehem. He arranges for a crowded inn, so that His Son, forced to a birth arrival in a stable, will never be accused of having been advantaged through “high” birth.
None of these things happened by accident. They were arranged, strategized and executed by the God of the universe. And as we come back to Bethlehem this Christmas, it is our wisdom to think on these things. In doing so, remember that He’s equally interested in assuring the success of the affairs of your life.
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