December 01, 2020
Mary and Joseph were forced to take a journey they did not want to take. They were nearing the end of Mary’s pregnancy. The original plan would have been to be near their friends and relatives in their home village of Nazareth. But the Roman Empire had other plans. They needed a count of the people in order to know how best to tax them. So the decree went out from Caesar Augustus that everyone was supposed to go to their own town to register. Joseph was of the lineage of David so that meant traveling to Bethlehem.