Luke 2:1-3, KJV: “1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.”
What is your situation like now? Are you able to do everything you want to do, or do you have a lot of restrictions the past few years (due to COVID-19 or otherwise) where you live?
Governments in the time of Jesus were very overbearing (it even killed Christians after Jesus died and rose again). However, overbearing governments can't stop God's will from being accomplished. Bible prophecy said that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, not in Nazareth (where Joseph and Mary had lived).
While they would have been used to government showing its power, this census, requiring men to go back to their own town, probably would have felt very stressful. The women wouldn't have necessarily had to go, but again, God's will had to be accomplished.
Did Joseph and Mary end up going, or did just Joseph go? Let's find out on Wednesday, December 15.