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The Romans dominated the country. The Jewish people were captive to Roman law and Roman ways. That is what compelled Joseph to travel with his pregnant wife Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem (some 80 miles). To return to his ancestral home for the purpose of registering for the Roman census. Just another day in a war-torn nation, suffering from the despair of being dominated by the power of Rome. It was an ordinary time.

Jumping in the time line...1847 was an ordinary time in our country. James K. Polk was serving as President. Salt Lake City was founded. We were at war with Mexico. Postage Stamps were introduced to this country. It was an ordinary time. Except this is the year that someone was born whose birth has changed all of our lives for the better, materially speaking, for in 1847 the inventor of the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture, and countless other inventions was born....Thomas Edison.

Yes, it was an ordinary time in Bethlehem, too. Except, for that extraordinary birth, at a time chosen by God himself. For his birth would change our lives for the better, eternally speaking. Jesus the Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer, our friend was born in that ordinary time.

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