And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.Luke 2:3
Dear Church and Friends,
No one likes taxes. No one likes it when the government decides you’ve not been paying enough and focuses on making sure you pay more. That kind of what Joseph faced in Luke 2. Caesar was going to make the whole world pay and to make sure they all paid, they had to be registered in their place of origin.
While Caesar is taking and upsetting the world, God is giving and bringing peace. In the text of wicked, selfish plans written down somewhere in Caesar’s palace is the invisible ink of heaven. God’s plans were to turn personal self-exaltation into humble condescension.
Which one effected the world more? Was it the moving of large populations from one place to another or was it the unnoticed birth in a manger? The one that effected the world more was the birth planned by heaven, right in the middle of Caesar’s work.
He is still in the middle of the big thing, doing a small thing that reaches into a future thing and brings peace. Look for him today in the midst of our isolation and chaos.
Music: Continuously by Sandra McCracken.
Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.
- Emma Gouch and her post-surgery recovery.
- Pray for Lois Lunsford as she enters her 93rd year this week.
- Alan Barker’s cousin, Ron, who is ill with heart disease.
- Bruce Floyd, Kathy Renner’s brother, who is recovering from his procedure last week.
Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]
Question 111: What does this promise require of us?
Answer: A full trust and confidence in Him.
Question 112: What then moves us to believe in God?
Answer: A sense and feeling of His Fatherly love.
Question 113: What do we call Him Father?
Answer: Because of Christ, and of ourselves.
Question 114: Explain that?
Answer: He is Christ’s Father by nature, and ours by grace through Him.
All my best.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.Luke 2:6
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