” In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”
Look with me at Matthew 1: 20, when the angel appeared to Joseph to enlighten him of the events that were about to take place, and he began by reminding him of his lineage?
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.”
Joseph knew who he was, but he needed to know that his lineage was necessary to fulfill God’s plan. Joseph’s role in Christ’s birth was huge, even though he had no part in the conception. Doesn’t God think of everything? Because of who Joseph was he had to trek to Bethlehem to register and he had to go with Mary who was carrying the Christ child. Doesn’t God think of everything? He crosses all the ‘T’s and dots all the ‘i’s” to perfect His perfect and unique plan of action.
Have you ever had a very complex event happen in your life, and yet the smoothness with which it came about and fell into place amazed you? I have, and it’s mind boggling how every, little, intricate detail plays an important role in the big picture, yet my careful planning wasn’t the cause of the happy outcome. Oh,… I did this and that and tried to make it work, but it wasn’t me, and I know that for a fact. I only did what I could and felt led to do. How fortunate we are to have a Master designer and a divine engineer backing us covering our back and fixing the messes that we get ourselves into. Deep within and below the surface of our life, God’s will happens if we let it. He works with brilliance and skill and in His omnipresent, and omnipotent nature, He weaves intelligent design together with supernatural power to work it out. He works through people and leaders, some of whom we may least expect, and in their ignorance and ours and in spite of ourselves, He speaks the word and His work gets accomplished.
Christ’s conception, birth, life and death was fine tuned from the beginning of time, through the Garden of Eden right, on to the manger and the Garden of Gethsemane, to the cross and beyond. What magnificent prophecy was fulfilled to make provision for our sin and make a way for us to be healed, forgiven, redeemed and reconciled to the God of all creation and the One who made us. He had a plan and a purpose from the beginning of time and as He weaved His patterns and worked through many, Caesar played a leading role in Christ’s prophetic birth taking place in the promised place, at the promised time!
In just the same way, God still works today in your life and in those of your circle of influence. He still works in our nations, in our countries and in our governments to bring His prophetic words to fulfillment. We have no need to fear, for as He has been faithful in the past, making a way for our salvation, He will be faithful in the future. Give Him your complexities, your fears, your confusion, your misunderstandings, and your heartaches. Give Him that issue that’s not making any sense, take your hands off, let Him do His work and do only as He asks. Then watch the Master craftsman weave His refined gold into your problem!
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