“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” Luke 2:1 (NIV)
It’s a paradox! The first person mentioned in the all too familiar Luke version of the Christmas story is not the Christ child, the holy family, the shepherds nor the wise men. In fact, the first person mentioned would appear to have little to do with the miraculous moment. Contemplate carefully: Caesar Augustus not Jesus Christ; pagan, worldly, self-indulged yet useful. Apathetic to the impending miracle but providentially directed to issue an edict of prophetic relevance. Imagine, Rome’s first emperor. The grandnephew and adopted heir of Julius Caesar. Pax Romana, “Roman Peace,” or Pax Augusta, “The emperor of peace,” rolls out the regal carpet for the Prince of Peace- JESUS! His edict and census, though intended for self-service, would prophetically serve the advent of the Messiah!
Points to Ponder:
In today’s world of challenges, economic insecurities, political and civil unrest, can we see the hand of God? Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas and world events, can you see the paradoxical hand of God at work around you? Remember Christ is Christmas and His hand is ever present. Celebrate knowing He is truly first!
God, Please help me see Your mighty hand at work in my life and those around me this holiday season. May I not become easily consumed by the cares and affairs of this life that I miss Your divine purpose for me here on earth. Help me to embrace you first and foremost this Christmas. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.