Bethlehem was not Joseph and Mary’s choice for the birthplace of Jesus. But they traveled there anyway because it was God’s choice as part of his journey for them.

Notes And Next Steps

Luke 2:1-7 + Part 2 of the series “The Christmas Option"

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world … So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David … He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (Luke 2:1,4,5)

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2)

“Why, Lord? This isn’t supposed to be.”

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4,5)

The Learning Zone Model

  • comfort zone
  • learning zone
  • panic zone

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” (Luke 1:45)



      1. YOUR PICK: How long would it take for Joseph and Mary to journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem?      A. 12 hours     B. 3 days       C. 1 week
      2.  STATEMENT OF FAITH: Do you have a journey you can share, where God led you with his promises to a better path? For your growth? To draw you closer to Jesus?
      3. THE LEARNING ZONE: Each of these Bible verses teaches us about the learning zone. Which speaks to you the most?       A. Genesis 50:20       B. Proverbs 30:8b       C. 1 Corinthians 127:29
      4. ADVENT DEVOTION: “God’s prophecies don’t make sense to us. They don’t need to make sense to us. And you know what? Neither do his promises. But we can trust in both. God made sure his Son [was born in Bethlehem] so that we could know he was our Savior. His promises are as true as his prophecies. We are saved!”