"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."
(Romans 8:24-25 KJV)
There was little to no hope found in the Judea country side in the year Jesus Christ was born. The Romans had been their masters for years now and the future appeared bleak for the little nation of Jews with the fighting for favor from Augustus Caesar by all the Jewish leaders. Caesar Augustus had declared a census be taken and an oath to uphold Augustus as emperor and "father of his country". This was Emperor Augustus' Jubilee of being emperor for 25 years and bringing stability to the Roman Empire. Not everyone had to go to their city of birth to be counted but Joseph and Mary were of the lineage of King David so they did have to go to Bethlehem for the census.
The census had been badly managed by King Herod Agrippa and he was in disfavor with Augustus to the point he worried his position as king was about to be taken from him. So there was tension, animosity, and more soldiers than usual around Jerusalem. Not much reason for hope for a better life for the Jews. There were many gods worshipped and no real emphasis put on Our God.
It is often in our darkest times that Our Awesome God makes His presence known most clearly. He uses our sufferings and troubles to show us that He is our only source of strength. And when we see this truth, we receive new hope. Are you facing a great trial? Take heart. Put yourself in God's hands. Wait for His timing. He will give you a "song in the night."
But at this time in Judea there was little hope and few songs of joy or gladness. Without hope, life loses its meaning (Lamentations 3:18; Job 7:6) and in death, there is no hope (Isaiah 38:18; Job 17:15).
Into this country, Joseph brought Mary, heavy with child, only to find themselves lodged in a stable with animals all around and a Savior to bring into the world (Luke 2:4-7). Read 12/25/15's website offering, "God's Savior!"
Come with us in our church as we become more active in changing lives, increasing our knowledge of God and presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. First, it is time that you should know about Our Hope and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we want to. We love visitors.
Flo & Bill