Countdown to Christmas - Day Two
"(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)"
Yesterday in verse 1 we heard the famous start to Luke 2..."In those days Caesar August issued a decree..."
And today we have sentence in parentheses. A sentence that is not even strong enough to stand on it's own, it is merely a modifier for the sentence before it.
Sort of a "in case you didn't study up well enough on your Roman emperor history to know exactly the year when 'Caesar August issued a decree...'" here is another clue. It was when "Quirinius was governor of Syria."
If I take the first clue....when "Caesar August issued a decree..." and add the second clue when "Quirinius was governor of Syria" I should be able to know when Jesus was born.
I'm guessing about 2008 years ago.
I hope my life is not relegated to a parentheses statement. I hope it is more than an historical comment ("Atwood was a guy who lived in the time of two Bushes and Obama") or geographical ("He lived in a brownish-looking house made of bricks and wood") or mathematical ("Four score and seven years lived he.")
I want to love a life that cannot be contained by parentheses, cannot be limited to an afterthought, or just provides context to another life or time.
But how exactly does that happen...