Did you know that every detail matters in the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth? Sometimes, we take this Biblical story for granted because we have heard it so many times. However, the details of this story have so much meaning. Dr. Edward Sri shares some of that deeper meaning so that each of us can grow closer to Christ this Christmas.
Snippet from the Show
Jesus was born into a suffering world. Even now, he desires to enter into our suffering with us.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Word “Enrolled”
In Luke’s account of Christ’s birth, there is a particular word that stands out. This word is “enrolled.” The purpose of enrollment at that time was to not only gather statistics, but to also make it possible for the Roman Empire to know where everyone was. This allowed the Roman Empire to exploit the people and gather taxes. Referencing the enrollment is how Luke is communicating the climate of that time. The Roman Empire was in control and they were oppressive. There was no true freedom under their rule.
Why Is Bethlehem Important?
It is very significant that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This is because another famous leader of Israel also came from Bethlehem. This is David. David was the youngest of his family, a very unlikely choice for king. However, he became the great king of Israel who united the tribes and built the temple in Jerusalem. God promised David that his kingdom would last forever.
The parallels between David and Jesus are many. Both are from Bethlehem. Both are shepherds.
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Luke only refers to swaddling clothes twice in his Gospel account. The first time is at the birth of Jesus. In Luke 2:7 it is written, “She wrapped him in swaddling clothes.” The second time that Luke refers to swaddling clothes is at the death of Jesus. The reference of “swaddling clothes” at the birth of Jesus is a foreshadowing of the suffering he will endure. Jesus came into the world in a very humble way. Pray to follow Jesus’ example of humility.
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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.
Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri. Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.
Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.