When Mary and Joseph started their journey to Bethlehem I am sure they knew that it would be a challenging journey. After all, they were Jews living in a Roman controlled country and had to do as they were told. They were ordered to return to the birth place of every man in order to pay taxes! Let us read it:
Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
So, Joseph and Mary started on this journey knowing full well she was due to have Jesus very soon. Don’t you think they planned well? Don’t you think they had an idea of where they were going to stay when they arrived in Bethlehem? I am sure Mary knew her time to deliver her baby was very near and that she was planning every move they made. Plus, both of them knew Who she was carrying inside her! The Savior, the Messiah that was prophesied to come and save His people! I don’t think they realized the full magnitude of salvation at that time, but they did know that this was the Messiah that all the prophets of the scriptures spoke about! So, I am sure in Mary’s mind, she just knew that once she arrived in Bethlehem that everything would just fall into place! She would have a wonderful room in a cozy Inn, and a midwife there to assist her with the birth. On the long journey, do you think she played the scenario over and over again in her mind? Even when the birth pains began, she must have thought, “if we can just make it to the Inn, the room is just waiting for me there.” Rest and help were waiting just around the corner, right? After all, God would take care of the Messiah, and nothing could go wrong!
But we know the story of how Jesus came into the world don’t we? There was no room in the Inn. Can you imagine how those words sounded to Mary? No Room? No rooms available for her to have her baby? This was not like today where they could just go down the street to the next motel! This was all there was, and only a stable place was offered to them to sleep in. Too many people were trying to find places to stay, and there were no rooms left. What about her baby? What about what the Angel had told her? Was it even true? Wouldn’t God see that the Messiah be born in a real room? Not a stable! Could this be God’s will? With all her planning and preparation, she could not have anticipated this! And there was only Joseph to help her deliver her son. Her and Joseph, all by themselves!
Do you realize that Joseph had never seen Mary naked before this? When the Angel of the Lord had come to Joseph before he took Mary to be his wife, he was considering divorcing her. The Jewish laws were different then, and once you were engaged it was as if you were already married, so Joseph had an Angel come to him and tell him that the baby Mary was carrying was the Messiah! And that it was OK to take her and go through with the marriage.
Matthew 1: 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
This meant that they did not have sexual relations together.
So, having to have the baby with Joseph’s help was kind of a big deal I would think. But she had to deal with the situation she was placed into. Then God gave her a sign that He was still in control and pleased with the outcome of how things went. Remember the Shepherds? The Angels came and told them to go find the Savior lying in a manger, and they went and found Jesus and worshipped him.
Luke 2:15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
And is says Mary pondered them in her Heart. Ponder means to meditate, think about. She was assured that all that happened was God’s will.
What about us? How many times have you made plans, implemented those plans, and they did not turn out the way you thought they would? Even seeking God’s will before doing that certain thing, it just didn’t go the way that you think it should have. Let me just say, if you are a child of God, and seeking His will, and lay out plans, God is watching over you. He is guiding your steps, each and every one. As Christians, we can rest assured that every step we take God directs our paths. Our job is to stay focused on Him, pray and seek His face with each and every decision we make.
Are you seeking God’s will for the decisions you make in your life? When you are faced with life’s choices, do you first pray, and ask God what you should do? God loves us and wants to hear from us.
Have you asked Him to be your savior? If you have never done that, do that today. See our page Got Jesus on hour4hope.com.