The Marvelous Message of Christmas
Written By: Evangelist Larry Wolfe | Posted: Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Luke chapter two contains the most complete description of the miraculous virgin birth of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. It begins in (v.1) with the historical record telling us that Caesar Augustus, the emperor of Rome, decreed that "all the world should be taxed." This decree demanded that all the known inhabited world, citizen by citizen of the Roman empire had to return to the city of their house and lineage to be registered for a taxation census. This called for both Joseph and Mary to return to Bethlehem, the city of David as they both were descendants of David, the most famous and revered king of Israel.
Although the story sounds serene and peaceful, the phrase 'in those days' (v.1) refers to the darkest days in Israel's history as they were at this point crushed under the heel of this tyrannical dictator Caesar Augustus. Even though there was "peace" it was only due to the fact that there was no effort to liberate the people for they were bludgeoned into submission by the presence of an overbearing Roman army. No man woman or child could resist their mighty authority and so 'in those days' meant the days of the darkest hour the world had ever seen.
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