Not Quite Wordless Wednesday
2020 Christmas Music Marathon – Day 20
Everything about the birth of Christ points to the fact that God’s love, mercy and grace is available to everyone. Joseph and Mary were not wealthy people. Nazareth was not a well known city, in fact the area around Galilee was considered depressed and not worthy of much attention. The journey to Bethlehem was a bout 90 miles over rugged terrain and probably took about 10 days to complete and there was no servant or mid-wife to assist along the trip or take part in the birth. These young parents could not afford to buy their way into suitable lodging when they arrived in Bethlehem. They had to settle for whatever was available and that was the stable area under an inn. The first people to hear of the birth of the Messiah were shepherds working in nearby fields. Their profession was considered to be a rough life. When they visited the Christ child they had no gifts to give him except their praise and worship. There is no gift we can offer God in exchange for salvation and eternal life except ourselves.