In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman World. It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone went to their own town to be listed. So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby. (Luke 2:1-6)
Living nativities and children’s Christmas plays commence with a herald reading a scroll announcing the Roman census. Everyone from the lineage of David was required to travel to Bethlehem, so a very pregnant Mary and Joseph trudge with others through animal-lined streets on their journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was the same journey Mary made when she visited Elizabeth. To travel around the mountains and desert, this trip is 97 miles. On foot, the journey takes 1-2 weeks. Micah told the prophecy: “But you, Bethlehem…out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel…when she who is in labor bears a son.” So God knew the mother of His child would make this excursion.
Not many women in their ninth month of pregnancy could walk 97 miles. Certainly not every miracle requires one to be athletic. Some of us have health issues beyond our control, but we should pray for good health, eat nutritious food, drink lots of water, and exercise so we can do our best work for God. Mary was chosen to hold Jesus because she was prepared, faithful, humble and strong. But you are chosen, too. If you hear God’s word and do it, you are also his mother or brother. (Luke 8:21) Pray, Be Born in Me. Join Francesca Battistelli as she sings, “I’ll hold you in the beginning, you will hold me in the end. Every moment in the middle make my heart your Bethlehem. Be born in me.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOPHkvbdOpw