“And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22).

Christmas was no sentimental experience for Mary and Joseph, but a sacrificial journey committed to the spiritual formation of their new child. Traveling from the place of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, that they might fulfill the expectations of their faith, followed by the return to their own city, Nazareth, this young couple trekked more than 90 miles in the first 40 days of Jesus’ life. We can only imagine their emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion; but they esteemed highly the customs of their faith and the gathering together of God’s people at the appointed times, and would not allow fatigue to steal away or circumvent their priorities as parents. Now…tell me again why you can go everywhere else, but not church on Sunday.

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