The Journey to Bethlehem – An Advent Journey
Over the next days and weeks covering the time until Christmas we are going to take a journey to Bethlehem. This journey has been retold many times by many people. In keeping with this tradition, our advent journey will include contributions by different authors as well. So enjoy this journey as we celebrate our Lord and King… Jesus!
From Nazareth to Bethlehem
During the Christmas season people often travel to visit family and friends. If it’s not a trip across town, it might be a trek out of state. More often than not, it probably involves a passage in one’s mind too—darting back to Christmases past and time spent with family and friends. For Joseph and Mary (pregnant with Jesus), that first Advent season involved no small journeying either.
From Nazareth to Bethlehem, written by Pastor Vern Gundermann, takes readers alongside Joseph and Mary as they travel dusty roads, seek shelter, meet dignitaries from the East and lowly shepherds, encounter angels, and make their way down to and back from Egypt.
This journey—a seemingly unpromising beginning for a couple bearing the Son of God—reveals again God’s hand at work in the events of history as He guides and directs those who are obedient to Him.
In the end, Joseph and Mary’s far-flung journey and the birth of Jesus were but the prelude of greater things to come. The Christ Child would not remain the babe in a manger. He would mature into manhood and would humble Himself through His ultimate journey to Golgotha. There, the apostle Paul says, He became “obedient to death—even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8b).
From the Gospels and their retelling of one couple’s journey, there emerges for us the prologue to the world’s greatest story: the birth of a Savior, who is “Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11b). Join Pastor Gundermann as he recounts this story with depth and insight.
To be continued…