Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem!

There are so many beautiful prophecies from the Old Testament that foretell the Messiah’s birth in detail.

The prophets told of how the Messiah would come from Abraham’s line and would be born of a virgin who would call His name Immanuel. He would be an heir to King David’s throne and would reign for all eternity.  

Micah 5:2 tells of how the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem 400 years before Jesus’ birth.  

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Bethlehem was the birthplace of King David, but out this little town would come One far greater than David. God orchestrated everything down to the last detail to fulfill the prophesies of the Messiah in Jesus.

He had the emperor of Rome create a census at just the right time when Mary was close to her time to give birth to the Messiah. It forced Mary and Joseph to leave Nazareth in Galilee and make the difficult journey to Bethlehem because Joseph was from the line of King David.

God chose this little town to be the birthplace of His Messiah effectively tying Jesus to King David. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies that were written about the Savior and on that night long ago, God’s plan to redeem His creation was put into play in little Bethlehem. And 33 years later, God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ died for us!

Merry Christmas Everyone!


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