a message from David Arthur

A Journey You Don’t Have to Take Alone

I wonder what went through Mary and Joseph’s minds as they journeyed to Bethlehem.

Most scholars say it probably took about a week for the couple to make their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be “registered” as decreed by Caesar Augustus. That is a lot of time to think about where you’ve been . . . and where you are heading.

The months prior had been tumultuous. Mary was visited by an angel and told she would give birth to the Messiah. Joseph found out his betrothed was pregnant. Their lives had literally been turned upside down. On top of it all, they had to hit the road.

I’m sure the journey was unsettling, not just because of what they were dealing with in their young marriage, but also because traveling was tough. Robbers, thieves, and enemies of the Jews were always a threat, as well as wild animals. When they arrived, where would they stay?

They must have felt all alone, every step full of anxiety and doubt.

In fact, their worst fears were realized in Bethlehem when all that was available to a very pregnant Mary and a worried Joseph was a stable. They must have wondered, “Was this journey a mistake?”

But then came Jesus.

If you’ve ever held a newborn in your arms, you know. Whatever the journey, the child is worth it. Others who arrived in Bethlehem—shepherds, wise men—no doubt felt the same.

I believe their journey to Bethlehem is similar to our path today. Whatever trials lead us to Jesus Christ are worth it once we grasp our Saviour. You realize you were never really alone on the road to Bethlehem.

You are not alone today, my friend. God is leading you . . . and we are on the path alongside you.

I invite you to join me in unlocking the peace, hope, and joy of Scripture this season. It all starts with Bethlehem. Your continued prayers and support will help reveal the truth of Christmas from God’s Word to people around the world who are on the journey. Thank you and Merry Christmas! 

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