Mary and Joseph approach the innkeeper’s door
Limited Edition: 450
The scene in this oil painting took place two millenniums ago.
The town? Bethlehem.
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People came in response to the decree of Caesar Augustus that everyone should return to their home town to be taxed. Bethlehem was overflowing with people. Joseph and Mary had to travel at a much slower pace than others who would have scoured the town for lodging long before they arrived.
You see Joseph approaching the innkeeper’s door. Can you catch the strain in his voice as he asks for a room . . . any room . . . his wife is about to give birth!
“. . . . . there was no room for them in the inn “ (Luke2:7).
Christmas carols, Christmas plays, Christmas cards, shop windows and some village squares seasonally depict the unimaginable birthplace of the Son of God . . . a manger!
From the beloved Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, we sing :
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The Everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
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Canvas Print (unframed) 12×16