About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
(Luke 2:1-5, The Message)
It all begins with an emperor who wants to know about his subjects // and a king who wants to know, and be known by, his people.
With one ruler who delegates the task from afar, never leaving the luxury of his palace // and another who comes in person, leaving everything behind.
With the man who laid claim to being the son of the gods // and the god who laid claim to being the son of man.