What Jesus Did! 'Historical Reality!' — Luke 2:1-3

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At that time, Augustus Caesar sent out an order to all people in the countries that were under Roman rule. The order said that all people must write their name in a book (register). This was the first registration. It happened while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All people traveled to their own towns to be registered.
— Luke 2:1-3 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:1-3 NLT —  All people traveled to their own towns to be registered.

Key Thought

The Good News of God does not occur in a vacuum. Luke wants us to know that Jesus' life was lived out in the real world, at a real time, with real people, who dealt with real problems. God does not want us to live our lives isolated and separated from his presence. He does not want us to have to reach beyond our grasp to find him. He wants us to know that he understands the limits of our mortal world. In Jesus, God has entered our real world to draw us near! The real question is whether we will let him into our lives.

Today's Prayer

Loving Father, our Almighty God, I open my life to you. You are welcome here. Come and draw near. Change me at your will. I long to be your child—not just in name, but also in closeness and in character. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 17:24-28
  • John 1:14-18
  • Matthew 7:7-8


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.