Our beloved Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke that we love listening to at Christmas begins with these words:
“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered.”
Today as I’m reading this familiar passage, my eyes keep coming back to the words “In those days…” What was happening back then just as God was preparing the Messiah to be born? The Romans had conquered the Holy Land and had subjugated the Jewish people to Roman Rule. We know that Augustus was the Roman Emperor and Quirinius was governor of Syria. We know that the government had just issued an edict for all of the population to be registered. This Census would have been quite an undertaking. I mean, they had no computers, no electronics, no internet. Just paper and...