In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
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Devotional – Ps Jim Stevens (Community Services Programs Manager)
There are some really interesting things to note about the time of Jesus’ birth.
Emperor Augustus was ruling at the time and Augustus was the heir of Julius Caesar. This is important because Caesar not only attributed his success to having the favour of the gods but also believed he was a descendant of the gods.
His heir Augustus wanted to jump on board the ‘I’m a god too train’ and had this coin made which says on one side CAESAR AUGUSTUS and on the other DIVINE JULIUS.
Stay with me here, this is going to be worth it!
Caesar at the time was even referred to as things like ‘the image of god’ and ‘the god who saves everything’.
And if you look at the coin you’ll notice something that looks familiar. The Star.
And here’s where it gets awesome.
At the time of this rich ruler who would supposedly save the world, the true Saviour was in fact born. Not wealthy. Not pictured on coins. Born in a vulnerable place most likely like an animal feeding trough.
And God even used a star (just to rub it in) to show the way to the true “image of God and one who saves the world!”
I think that’s a pretty spectacular way of God showing just how important this person, Jesus was who was entering into the world to show us what God is like and to save us.
How good is that?!