Posted by: molly | December 9, 2012

The Candle of Faith: The Bethlehem Candle

Right before Jesus was born, God’s people were still not ready to celebrate Christmas. They did not know that the promised Son was coming soon. At that time, Caesar Augustus, the man who ruled over most of God’s people, had ordered that everybody had to go back to the town they were from. Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, were headed back to a city named Bethlehem.

This trip wasn’t a vacation. They had to walk or ride a donkey the whole trip since there were no cars or trains or airplanes. Added to this, Mary was very pregnant making it hard and dangerous for her and the baby to travel. This was a scary time but Mary and Joseph had faith that even though going to Bethlehem didn’t seem like a good thing, God was in control. What they didn’t know was God had always planned to have his Son be born in Bethlehem. In fact, hundreds of years before his prophets had already said that was were the Son would be born. God had it all planned out as Mary and Joseph trusted God to send them to Bethlehem.Image

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