Thank you to Jon Bloom for pointing this out to me.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. Luke 2:1 ESV
That simple statement, which we’ve probably all read or heard a hundred times, contains some amazingly good news!
The God of the universe made sure that one baby was in Bethlehem when he was supposed to be, and he used the most powerful man on earth to make it happen through a decree that impacted an entire empire.
And Caesar didn’t even know he was fulfilling a 700-year-old prophecy:
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. Micah 5:2 ESV
May the peace that comes from resting in such a good and gracious and powerful Father fill your day and life today!