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So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

Luke 2:4,5

The image of parents-to-be Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus is thought provoking. It would have taken between four and seven days to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The nights are cold in Bethlehem, so you can imagine the strain this puts on a very pregnant Mary and Joseph. It was a harrowing journey. 

I realized just how cold it can get in Israel when I visited during the holiday season. I was 18 years old and traveled with my grandpa Schuller, who brought 500 people with him! Israel is similar to Southern California in that it rarely rains. However, when it rains, it is considered a blessing from God. I still remember that Christmas Eve. It rained all day and into the night, and hundreds of us stood outside with our umbrellas. Miraculously, right when the Christmas Eve service was about to begin, the rain stopped! This allowed us to move forward to the stage to pray, enjoy the candlelight vigil, and sing songs celebrating the season!

Friend, the timing of this miracle of rain and its sudden halt at the perfect time was such a wonder! Then I thought wow, God is good! This miracle was not a coincidence but was a sign from Him. You can be thankful that Mary and Joseph obediently made the trek to Bethlehem for the birth of our Savior Jesus. As you draw near to Christmas, reflect on the miracle of Jesus coming to the Earth!  

Prayer


Father, I am grateful that Mary and Joseph traveled obediently to Bethlehem for the birth of the Savior Jesus.

Reflection


Miracles still happen today; do you believe? How has God blessed you?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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8 Responses

  1. God has truly blessed me. One year ago I was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. It was surgically removed and I have received the standard of care and got into a clinical trial. By the grace of God I have had no reoccurrence. I believe God has His hand in my continued recovery. Thank you God as you are good!

  2. I believe that God blessed me through the laying of hands on my head.That happened one night during Shabbat services at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest. The Rabbi took Linda and I into a small room, He put his hands on my head, said a blessing in Hebrew, and immediately then and there,I was miracously cured.He even blessed the cross necklace.I still hope for miracles of peace in our world.I also hope for miracle cures for cancer and other diseases.I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many more hurting people around the world.To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family.A blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.To all at Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church.glad tidings of love and peace.To the musicians and choirs along with their directors.Messages of Bravo and thank yous for the glorious and uplifting music and singing As always.I remain a faithful and loyal viewer, and a Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.Joy to the World, The Lord is Come.Amen

  3. Jesus is a Savior & does miracles in his own ways. Never lets us down. Born to save us from Perils. Thank you Team Bobby Schuller.

    Merry Christmas & a wonderful new year.

  4. Thank you Pastor Bobby for your faithfulness in preparing and allowing the Holy Spirit’s guidance in teaching us an uncompromising Gospel. I love the way you clearly concisely and candidly bring the Word to life for us.
    Thank you for this lesson today to remind us that God is still an on time, miracle working , God today. What he did back then with Joseph and Mary he can still do and show us today.
    I Thank God for Jesus. Hallelujah!
    I love you and family.
    God bless

  5. We are Hindus by faith and to walk through the road lord Jesus travelled we undertook the holy land tour in September 23. Saw all the places and particularly the nativity church where the lord was born. Now to think of the damage done by hamas our heart melts for the Israeli people.

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