Perhaps they were in the last stage of preparing for the arduous journey or maybe they were already on their way. Regardless, it was a tough time and we all know that it didn't get any easier right up to, and including, the birth. What an amazing manner that the Lord used to bring his only Son to earth as God and Man to offer the gift of salvation.
Or what about the Wise Men or the Shepherds? How about the townspeople seeing them on the road to Bethlehem? Were they aware of the miracle coming and what it would mean to the world?
As we continue our focus on Christmas on North Florida Writer Live this season, we will think about just how difficult it was for this couple and all the others involved, knowingly or not, in this story for the ages. Remember, Joseph and Mary could have turned down the mission assigned to them by God, yet they didn't, and because of that the Greatest Story Ever Told begins with them. This is a continuation of where we started over a week ago with Joseph and Mary, but I think it is important to understand the very human side of this divine drama which began before the date of Christ's birth.
And what about today and in the future? What if it were today? What would the situation be like and how would people react? And then there is the preparation for his return? Will we be ready to accept the King of Kings as our ruler of the world? It's what is expected of us and it is way past time to prepare. But all of these questions should be answered by each of us at this time of year when we should be focused on His coming (both as a baby and His return). God wants to put the love of Jesus to work for all of us, yet with free will we must make the choice, choosing Him or His evil combatant who is always nearby trying to snare souls.
Let's talk about this tonight and get ready for the great event, commemoration and the future to come on North Florida Writer Live. The show starts at 9:30 pm and then will be available on demand. Hope to see you then. Here's the link: