By Pastor Dennis Morales
“Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth…” Luke 2:1-5
I ran across a quote that read “IRS auditor to taxpayer, as nurse prepares a syringe: “She is going to numb the area around your wallet.” In most cases, when we hear the word tax, our minds do go to our wallets. It was no accident that Dr. Luke mentioned the name of Caesar Augustus. This man signed a tax bill that the whole world (of that day) be taxed. He needed money to raise an army to control his vast empire and to live in luxury himself.
It was prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem of the house and lineage of King David (Micah 5:2) 700 years before. Mary and Joseph resided in Nazareth. At the very time for Mary to give birth, all were summoned to the house of their ancestry for the census (Luke 2:1-5). All who were of the lineage of David were to visit Bethlehem. Both Mary and Joseph are of the lineage of David, so both had to go to Bethlehem.
Precisely according to Bible prophecy, and God’s sovereignty, Mary gave birth to Jesus in Bethlehem (Matthew 1:21-23, Isaiah 7:14 prophesied 800 years before). Such an event rooted deeply in prophesy and is proven that man could not orchestrate something of this magnitude.
Joy came to the world in miraculous fashion. This was a taxation time in history where we look back at the and its forever linked to our hearts, not our wallet. God orchestrated when the Messiah, Jesus, was to be born into this world to save mankind from sin and instill hope forever into all who believe. He did this for you.
Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Clara Barton Elementary in Eastvale. Services are held Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30am. Wednesdays at 7pm. Celebrate Christmas with us on December 23.