December 20, 2015

Theotokos: Introduction for the Fourth Week of Advent

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Introduction to the 4th Week of Advent

As “a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.” Mary and Joseph knew where they were headed—Bethlehem.

Bethlehem was a small Judean village about 90 miles south of Nazareth. Bethlehem was the birthplace of the great King David. (1st Samuel 16:1-13)

While small by the world’s standards, Bethlehem had the greatest of promises.

It was the birthplace of David and it was prophesied to be the birthplace of the Messiah, “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.” (Micah 5:2)

This fourth week of Advent finds us on a journey.

It is a journey to the homeland of David.

It is a journey to the homeland of Joseph.

It is a journey to Bethlehem.

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