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Appointment in Bethlehem

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Luke 2:1-7 (NIV)

1 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 Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his 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 room for them in the inn.

I.        Introduction:

II.      An Inescapable Destiny

A.      A Destined Event: Ordained by Decree

B.      A Destined Time: Occurring in History

C.      A Destined Place: Ordered Into Position

III.   An Ancestral Journey

A.      A Journey from a Place of Obscurity

B.      A Journey to a Center of History

C.      A Journey With Awareness of Ancestry

IV.    An Earthly Nativity

A.      A Human Delivery

B.      A Humble Birth

C.      A Harsh Reception

V.      Conclusion:

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