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The Christmas Journey (2 of 4)
Series: Christmas is Christ
Many of you are beginning to make preparations for a Christmas journey. In just a few days you will be leaving Jacksonville and going to visit family and friends at this particular time of the year. Perhaps you have already purchased reservations on a plane. You will be boarding the plane and going on a Christmas journey to see elderly parents or maybe to spend the days with some children. Others of you will be loading up cars and getting the bags together, and you will be taking a Christmas journey on the highways and byways of our land.
I wonder, as you think about the Christmas journey, have you made indeed THE Christmas journey. We are going to talk about that this morning.
I want to remind you that when Jesus was born there was also a Christmas journey. We are told about it in the Gospel of Luke in particular. We are told about the journey of Joseph and Mary to the city of Bethlehem.
You know the story. It is quite familiar to us. We learn it again at Christmas time. Joseph, the carpenter, and Mary, his engaged wife. They gathered some things together and made their way down to a little village known as Bethlehem. It was south of Nazareth. It was also south of Jerusalem about five miles. It was a journey of between 80 and 90 miles. They didn't have jet airplanes in those days. They didn't have trains in those days. They didn't have automobiles in those days, and so it must have been a very hard and a very difficult journey of several days. There was Joseph and there was Mary, carrying under her heart the Lord Jesus Christ who would be born in Bethlehem and who would be the Savior of the world.
They were making that journey because Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor, had decreed that all of the Roman Empire had to go to be taxed. So they were going for taxation purposes. They arrived in the village of Bethlehem. There was a strange crowd there. Many faces ...
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