Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
This is one of the most memorable scriptures in the entire Bible.
Perhaps, like me, you read the verse and begin to visualize a scene from dozens of movies of a rocky landscape and a man leading a little donkey with a pregnant woman riding it.
Whether or not it took place that way, it was still a difficult trip for this couple.
The Lord Jesus began the difficult trip to the cross even before His birth.
He begins fulfilling a long line of messianic scripture by this trip alone, two of which declare the place of His birth.
Mic 5:2 – But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
Mic 4:8 – And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, even the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
Today most of us would struggle to return to the origin of our family name.
Jesus endured many difficult journeys to provide a family origin for us.
When He said, “You must be born again,” He gave us a new beginning at the foot of the cross. And here we must return often to remind ourselves of Whose family we belong.