Extra -Divine Intervention
In another post, we explored the sweep of events surrounding the birth of Christ. In this one, let’s explore the details of that night. Being an observer, I noticed that the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem would have taken several days as shown in this map:
Perhaps the notion of a woman riding a donkey for six days now seems strange. Did they stop along the way to rest? Another thing I observed is that the routes bypass Jerusalem. Was that part of a bigger plan? Another thing is that from a distance, one would see a celestial event over Bethlehem as being over Jerusalem. Was that what prompted the Magi to head west? Here is the account of that event (Luke 2:8-14):
8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
May all your Christmases be Merry and Bright.