Reflection: Characters of Christmas: Caesar Augustus
Seven hundred years before Jesus was born God, through the prophet Micah, announced that from Bethlehem “will come for me the one who will be ruler over Israel” (5:2). Then, when the time was fulfilled, God told Mary, who lived in Nazareth, that she would bear a son who “will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Nazareth is 145 kms from Bethlehem. God had to arrange for Mary and her husband, Joseph, to move from Nazareth to Bethlehem. How did he do that? Through a dream or vision? No. Through a prophetic word? No. Through moving the whole population of the Roman Empire? Yes.
To complete a worldwide census Caesar issued a decree instructing people to travel to their hometown. The most powerful man on earth serves the purposes of the King of Heaven. Millions travelled to bring a couple to a small Judean town. God demonstrated that he’ll move heaven and earth to fulfil his promises to save his people. Still today, God is ruling the events of our world to bring salvation to men and women.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are Lord over the rulers of our world and work all things together for the good of your people. In a world of turmoil keep me trusting in your power and sovereignty. Amen.