Monday, November 30, 2009

No Room

Although I have heard and read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth dozens of times, there is a certain piece of the story that never ceases to amaze me. Just try to imagine for a moment what the atmosphere must have been like in Bethlehem on that wonderful, momentous day. We know, from the opening verses of the second chapter of Luke (which is also confirmed by historical records), that this particular day was exceptionally busy. For, the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, issued an order that every citizen and subject of the empire must journey to their ancestral hometown in order to pay taxes.

Imagine the chaos!