Text: Luke 2:1-7
Can this really be it? Is it finally time?
We’ve anticipated this since the beginning. And now, right here in Luke 2, the prophet’s words are fulfilled:
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end.”
- Isaiah 9:6-7
Caesar issued a decree. Everyone, the entire population of the world, was to return to his home and take part in the census. Joseph was of the lineage of David, echoing God’s promise that the Messiah would be delivered through that bloodline:
“‘The days are coming’—this is the Lord’s declaration—
‘when I will raise up a Righteous Branch of David.
He will reign wisely as king
and administer justice and righteousness in the land.’”
- Jeremiah 23:5
So to Bethlehem they came, Joseph and Mary. Their obedience to the law fulfilled the prophecy:
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.”
- Micah 5:2
It was all ordained. Not one detail a coincidence. The words spoken so long ago come to life and piece themselves together in this passage.
Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and suddenly, it is time. What was once spoken of only in future tense—“his name shall be called…The days are coming…from you shall come forth”—is now present.
Jesus Christ is born.
Israel had not hoped in vain, nor had Mary believed in vain. The proof is in this newborn baby. Mary wraps Him carefully in cloth and places Him in a manger to sleep, for there is nowhere else for Him to rest. That is no matter, though. The couple has a Son. The Son. He is theirs, and He is ours, too—the hope for all mankind.
There lies a life ahead for this child that will change the world forever. There will be miracles and disciples, parables and accusations, death and resurrection. But for now, this night, we simply gaze at His face and know. Jesus Christ, our hope, has come.