Where Did It All Start? His Birth
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Where Did It All Start? His Birth

The life of Jesus had such an astonishing influence in the world that his birth split time into two parts.


Where Did It All Start? His Birth

The life of Jesus had such an astonishing influence in the world that at the start of the Middle Ages – when Rome and Greece had been conquered –TIME split into 2 parts. All that happened BEFORE Jesus was born was called B.C. – or before Christ. All that happened and still is happening AFTER Christ’s life is called A.D. short for  Anno Domini – meaning “in the year of the Lord”. Soon after that, world changes of all kinds slowly but surely happened. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s look together at WHERE it all started.

Jesus was born in the country of Judea which for centuries was the home of the Jewish people and lots of sheep! It was an insignificant country: only 125 miles long and 50 miles wide. Judea was under the rule of the great Roman empire and was on the far edge of that empire. Herod the Great ruled Judea. He was a ruthless man --half Jew and half Gentile. He was really just a “puppet king” under Augustus Caesar. Caesar made use of little countries like Judea to keep the hoards of Barbarians at bay who were always threatening the stability of the Mediterranean world.

So throughout Jesus’ life, Judea was an occupied country and Roman soldiers were a common everyday sight. It was in the latter years of Herod the Great – about 7 B.C. that Jesus was born.  You would be right to ask that if Jesus changed the calendar shouldn’t he have been born in 1 A.D? Well, the monk who worked out the dates some hundreds of years later got his figures wrong! Herod died in 4 B.C. and Jesus was born 3 years earlier.

Joseph & Mary were caught off guard by His birth. They were not at home when Mary’s labor pains started because of being required to make an official trip to Bethlehem --a few miles from Jerusalem. It was a tough go for the very pregnant Mary being jostled on the back of a donkey.

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