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Luke 2:1–7 NLT
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

Leader of the synagogue - Everytime he read Micah he would get excited, and then he would remember Bethlehem was on the way to nowhere. Every so often a rabbi would come through and ask, “any interesting births” or a pharisee would tease him, “any kings in Bethlehem we don’t know about”. But yet there it read plain as day, some ruler was supposed to be born in Bethlehem.

Jesus was born in the Right Place, to the Right Family

Bethlehem was the right place

Micah 5:2 NLT
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.

Joseph’s was the right family

The Line of David -

David’s was the right family

Royal line
A man after God’s own heart
Israel’s First and Last great King

Jesus fulfilled all the words spoken about the coming messiah

Jesus (was born at an) inopportune time to inopportune couple

Wrong timing, wrong moment

Mary was 9 months pregnant when they went to Bethlehem

Uncomfortable, shameful, terrible timing
What do you do with a newborn in a distant town
8 days later they must travel to Jerusalem

Mary and Joseph should have traveled with Family

Where is the family - are they alone
Have they been ostracized
Are they the black sheep, or has their character won them over

There was no lodging for them - no family would make room, no family would find space

Likely they were completely on their own
No patriarch to protect and provide
No connection for a very pregnant woman
God uses inopportune moments to at times do his best work
Power coming from the dust speckled Carpenters son in Galilee

Jesus:Perfect Moment to make the World Right

God used the calendar and power of men to time his moment

Caesar called a census
If one moved for Caesar they would be counted, God moved for everyone so that we might be counted eternally
Caesar was known for the time of peace he brought an empire, Jesus would be known for the peace which he brought for all people for all time
D-Day - Perfect timing, weather made it work (perfect hole in the weather), the tides were right, Rommel was out of town, Hitler was not to be disturbed

Jesus birth was the beginning of the end

The power of Death and Sin had reigned over the earth
Israel was at a precipitous moment in it’s history -
Nationalism trumped following God
The king of the Jews (Herod) killed his own people
Barabas would be a hero of the people over the coming King
The law was a point of division among people, rather than a point of union with God
Most of Israel was under judgement by the religious leaders for their actions rather than hearts (white washed tombs)
The idol of religious power and status was worship over the Lord
Obedience to God made you better than others, rather than leading you to put others above yourself
The balance of Power on Earth was upended, Death and Sin will reign no more

All creation is waiting to respond

All creation is waiting to respond

The Star - the universe shifts
The Magi - Foreigners respond
The Angels - Can not stay in heaven
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