12/25/14 Merry Christmas!

Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome and leader of most of the world, decrees that there should be a census taken of the whole Roman world, and that everyone must go to the city that their descendants lived in to be registered and taxed.  Joseph and Mary, being of the line of King David, have to go to Bethlehem.  When they arrive, there were so many people who have come to be registered that there is no place in the inn for them to stay.  Mary and Joseph stay in a shelter for animals, possibly a stable or a cave, and there Jesus is born.  He is the first born Lamb of God, born to be a sacrifice for all, to take away the sins of the world.  And he is born in the same place where the shepherds raise and care for the first born male lambs, set apart for sacrifice to God at the temple, to pay for the sins of the people.

Luke 2:1-7, John 1:29, 36

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