Caesar Augustus, the ruler at that time, ordered everyone to pay their taxes in the city they were born in.
This was distressing news for Joseph and Mary.
It meant they would have to travel a long ways to go to Joseph' s home in Bethlehem and the baby was due soon.
He was not pleased with the news but then he remembered a scripture, a prophecy he was taught about the birth of the Messiah. Joeseph marveled at " God's Mysterious Ways"...
Joseph did everything possible to make the trip easy for Mary.
When they arrived in Joseph's hometown, there was nowhere for them to stay, all the rooms in the inns where full...