Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 1-2

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Luke, author of the gospel of Luke

The first account of the details of the birth of Christ were written by Luke, a physician, a greek, born in Syria, assistant to Paul. During his writings it was important for him to historically account for events that were happening during the birth of Jesus for justification. Luke tells us three things: Augustus Caesar was the roman emperor at the time of Jesus’s birth, a census was going to take place in the roman empire, and that Quirinius was governor of Syria during this time period. Luke was Syrian by birth, perhaps that wi why he included this detail, the historians are not sure. As you read the Christmas story, reflect on the history of the time period. History was very important to the writers of God’s Word and therefore God. Most importantly historical accounts are written to remind us not to repeat history, which we as human beings tend to do.

Music for meditation today, enjoy this beautiful instrumental song by Michael W. Smith, called Hope for Israel. Reflect on the history of Jesus’s birth.