4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (Luke 2:4-5)
These verses make it sound so easy. Whereas, in reality, I’m sure that it was just as, if not more, stressful as we would find a long journey today.
There’s the packing for a start! Who else finds the packing and unpacking the worst part of going away? Not only that but all the laundry when you get back. But, this wasn’t a holiday. I doubt they were excited about the prospect of going all the way to Bethlehem, just to register. At least for a holiday, it can make the stressful aspects seem worthwhile.
Whether willingly or not, they had to do it.
The journey might have been long, the preparation stressful, and the prospect somewhat annoying, but there’s another point to these verses. The key point in these verses was that Joseph, along with Mary, belonged to the line of David. This is really important information. The fact that Jesus was a descendant of David, by birth through Mary and by adoption through Joseph, means that Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled. This seems to make any stress, annoyance, frustration, and difficulties they faced worth it – not only for them, but also for us.