So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
“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. “
It is the census of the entire Roman world that creates the setting for the miraculous birth of Jesus. He would not be born in the comfortable surroundings of home, nor attended by a physician. Instead the census causes Mary and Joseph to be traveling when it was time for Jesus to be born.
Of course all of this was according to God’s plan. Bethlehem was predicted to be the place of Jesus’ birth in Micah 5:2. Jesus would be born at just the place where God had intended all along.
From this story, we learn a bit about how God works. God may have prompted Caesar Augustus to take a census of the entire Roman world. Or Caesar may have decided on his own to do this and God used this decision to suit His own plans.
No matter what, God’s plans will succeed. God’s will shall be done regardless whether people work with God or not. God can use good situations or bad situations to accomplish His will.
In the story of Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph were right where they were supposed to be and all was according to God’s plan. Even the greatest kings of earth cannot foil what God has determined to do.