We are about to celebrate Christmas the most joyous of the Christian festivals, and in spite of militant secularists many people still love the Christmas story even though some think of it only as a beautiful myth.
I want to declare as an evangelical pastor and believer in Jesus Christ that that Christmas story is no myth but that it is firmly anchored in historical truth.
Herod was the puppet king of Judea, and that Quirinius was governor of Syria. Even more importantly Luke tells us that Caesar Augustus was the Roman Emperor who ordered a census of the whole Roman Empire and obliged those who had left the place where they belonged to return there to be registered.
So because Joseph and Mary belonged to the house and line of David they had to make the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, only to find that, because of the census, there was no room at the inn; and so the Saviour of the world was born in a manger.
Little did Caesar Augustus know that he was being used, in the providence of God, to fulfil the Scriptures. In fact, everything that took place at the birth of our Lord was already written in the Old Testament, as the prophet Micah had prophesied a number of centuries before the birth of Christ -
But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel. Whose origins are from of old, from ancient times - Micah 5: 2
The prophet Isaiah also prophesied of his birth and he tells us who Jesus really was - Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel - Isaiah 7: 14
Matthew tells us that this prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ - All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Emmanuel - which means, "God with us." - Matthew 1: 22 & 23
May you and your family be blessed this Christmas time!!!
Pastor Gordon Guillermo Burgess
Alicante Church Of The Good Shepherd