1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
We hurry pass them, those first five words, but Isaiah would have paused. Every Old Testament Saint would have rejoiced with a combination of tears and shouting. After thousands of years, and numerous prophecies, God was now wrapped in a fleshly body, carried in a Virgin’s womb!
They would have all been at the birth, no one would have missed that night. Our response is of course, neither would we, but how many calls have we ignored? We may not be at the manger side, but He has called us to prayer in the night. At times, we have answered, too many others, we turned over and went back to sleep. When we say, “I’ll pray for you.” Do we write it down? Will we remember it past five minutes later?
Thankfully, though so many overlooked, He still came. Even though, we have failed at times to heed His invitation, there is still time. I don’t believe that there is much time left. I believe we are near the end. If you’re reading this though, let me encourage you. Whether you seek to draw closer, or you’re miles away from His presence, He is still near.
The journey with Jesus starts with a conversation. Like any relationship, there is more to it than that, but it is a beginning. We call it Repentance. It’s a first step in every walk with God. It means that you’re not only sorry for the past sins, since Adam we all have sinned. It means that you want to leave them behind. You choose to follow, not the road of man, but the path of God.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
If you are scared, for Eternity is a heavy subject, don’t be. It was the promise of the Angels, “Fear not… For unto you is born this day … a Savior, which is Christ The Lord.” Start your journey today, let Him do for you what He did for Bethlehem. Christ turned a small, forgotten town into the birthplace of The King Of Kings. Let Him do the same today for your heart.