Description: Did Rome “just happen” to be the world power at the time of Jesus’ birth? Was it “just coincidence” that Caesar called for a census of the Roman world forcing Joseph and Mary to leave Nazareth and travel 60+ miles to Bethlehem just prior to Jesus’ birth? Was it “just random” that the Bethlehem innkeeper didn’t have room in his inn but still made room for Joseph and Mary to stay in his stable? Were all these events and people just coincidence or were they just the way God planned and purposed the birth of his son, Jesus? Is the world and history just random or is God at work in the events of history and the lives of people bringing about what he wants? What do you think?
Speaker: Brian Doten
Series: The Road to Bethlehem
Title: From Nazareth to Bethlehem
Text: Luke 2:1 – 7; Galatians 4:4
Theme: God’s sovereignty
Big idea: God is working his plan and purpose in the world.