The story of Christ’s birth is told a thousand times over at this time of year. The story of Mary and Joseph and the Three Wise Men, of the journey to Bethlehem only for there to be no room in the inn, and of the Savior of the world found lying in a manger. We reenact it in our Christmas plays and read the story on Christmas Day, but interwoven in this story are huge prophetic and historical implications. We see a poor virgin from Nazareth becoming betrothed to a lowly carpenter named Joseph. We see Caesar Augustus announcing a decree that requires Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem. But what importance, if any, do all of these facts carry?
Christ was predicted to be born of a virgin, which in and of itself is impossible without God’s divine intervention. This was fulfilled in the virgin Mary. The birthplace of the Messiah was known to be Bethlehem because of the prophecy in Micah 5:2. God’s intervention in the history of the world is witnessed when Caesar Augustus decreed a census which required Joseph to return to Bethlehem because he was from the line of David. This fact alone is incredible because it required Mary and Joseph to journey where they would not have normally travelled in order for this prophecy to be fulfilled.