Luke 2:1-7 The Christmas Story

Luke 2: 1-7 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. 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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 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.”

Luca 2:1-12 In quel tempo uscì un decreto da parte di Cesare Augusto, che ordinava il censimento di tutto l’impero. 2 Questo fu il primo censimento fatto quando Quirinio era governatore della Siria. 3Tutti andavano a farsi registrare, ciascuno nella sua città. 4 Dalla Galilea, dalla città di Nazaret, anche Giuseppe salì in Giudea, alla città di Davide chiamata Betlemme, perché era della casa e della famiglia di Davide, 5 per farsi registrare con Maria, sua sposa, che era incinta. 6 Mentre erano là, si compì per lei il tempo del parto; 7 ed ella diede alla luce il suo figlio primogenito, lo fasciò e lo coricò in una mangiatoia, perché non c’era posto per loro nell’albergo.

                The events recorded surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ converge from three contexts: the Greek with language and education, the Roman with rulership and Judaism from the religious context. Verses 1-5 give us a very important fact of the times. Caesar Augustus was originally named Octavian but after he defeated his rival, Mark Anthony, he became the emperor of the Roman Empire. One of his orders as emperor was to declare Pax Romana which meant under his rule or through him, there would be peace because he was, in essence, god incarnate. After decades of civil war, this was welcomed; but it was not to be. The dynasty of the Roman rulers was anything but a time of peace for Rome or the world.

But about 30 years, the true Ruler and King would be born as the Prince of Peace, God incarnate! He arrived on earth born in the humblest of settings. True peace for the world would reside only in Him. He would be the dynasty of the One and only One. John described the rulership of Jesus Christ by saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15). Pax Romana or any other kingdom that tried to bring peace to the world had come and gone. Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Those that know Jesus as their King testify that His peace is extended to the whole world yet He resides in the hearts of all who know Him as Pax Cristo.

Pray with me: Lord, I am amazed at how You have orchestrated the events of this earth to fulfill Your purpose in giving Your Peace to a lost world. Help me to remember that the kingdoms of this world will someday all bow to Your throne (Philippians 2:8-11).

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