Cherishing Christmas

"It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed." Luke 2:1;

Many people had to travel considerable distances under difficult conditions for this taxation—this census-taking, as later translations explain. Everyone went to his own town. Wearied by their journey, crowded, bitter over their bondage to Rome, and resentful over what they considered its unjust burdens, many must have been completely unaware of the brilliant star that heralded God's momentous gift to the world.

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