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Our message today is entitled Bethlehem, The Birth City Of Jesus Christ.
The Birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem is pivotal in Christian theology. It marks the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and signifies the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah. As recounted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the story paints a vivid picture of humble circumstances intertwined with divine intervention. Mary and Joseph followed a celestial star to Bethlehem for Caesar Augustus’ census.
Bethlehem is known as the city of David, as it was the birthplace of King David, the renowned biblical figure. It holds great significance in Jewish history and is deeply intertwined with the story of Jesus’ birth. It was no coincidence that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, as it fulfilled yet another prophecy from the Old Testament.
The prophet Micah foretold, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel” (Micah 5:2). This prophecy pointed to the future birthplace of the Messiah, emphasizing his royal lineage and divine purpose. Thus, Bethlehem became forever enshrined in Christian theology as a sacred place where God’s plan for salvation unfolded. Today, visitors from all over the world travel to Bethlehem to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience firsthand the spiritual significance encapsulated within its ancient walls.
Joseph went to register for a census in Bethlehem because he was a descendant of King David, who was from Bethlehem, as prophesied in the Old Testament. This journey was difficult, as Mary was heavily pregnant with the child who would bring salvation to the world. They faced countless challenges, from fatigue and physical discomfort to the uncertainty of finding suitable accommodation.
Arriving in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were disappointed as they struggled to find a place to stay. The town was bustling with people who had also come for the census, leaving no room for them in any inn or guesthouse. Desperate and weary, they finally found refuge in a humble stable, where animals sought shelter from the elements.
Jesus Christ was born in these meager surroundings, surrounded by the warmth of his parents’ love and watched over by heavenly beings. A celestial symphony startled shepherds, tending their flocks in nearby fields as angels appeared before them. The angel messengers announced the birth of the awaited Messiah, spreading peace and goodwill to all people.
Meanwhile, far away in the East, wise men observed an extraordinary star in the sky—a celestial sign that led them on a journey to pay homage to this newborn king. The three wise men traveled great distances until they reached Bethlehem, guided by a divine star and great faith. At last, they presented Jesus with precious gifts fit for royalty—gold representing his kingship, frankincense symbolizing his divinity, and myrrh foreshadowing his sacrificial death.
The story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is more than just a historical event; it is a testament to God’s profound love for humanity. Through this miraculous birth, God entered our world as one of us—a vulnerable baby who would grow up to offer salvation and eternal life to all who believe in him.
Today, Christians around the globe celebrate Christmas with deep reverence and joy. They reflect on this momentous occasion that forever changed the course of human history. It serves as a reminder of God’s unwavering faithfulness, his boundless love, and the hope found in Jesus Christ—the Savior born in Bethlehem.
Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus returned to Nazareth after Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Prophecy regarding the Messiah’s upbringing: “He will be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23). Thus, Nazareth became forever linked to Jesus’ identity and played a crucial role in shaping his character as he grew into the Savior who would change the world.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus eventually returned to their hometown of Nazareth. This journey back home marked the beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, where he would grow up and finally embark on his ministry. Nazareth, a small town in Galilee, held significance in the story of Jesus. It was here that Jesus spent his formative years, learning from his earthly parents and preparing for the mission that lay ahead. The return to Nazareth also fulfilled another prophecy, as confirmed in the Book of Matthew 2:23
23, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt after the birth of Jesus, seeking refuge from King Herod, who sought to kill the newborn king. This journey to Egypt was difficult and filled with uncertainty and danger. They traveled through harsh landscapes and faced countless obstacles along the way. Yet their determination and unwavering faith carried them through.
Joseph and Mary found safety and protection in Egypt for themselves and their precious child. They lived far from their familiar surroundings as refugees in a foreign land. It was in this time of exile that Jesus experienced firsthand the plight of those who are marginalized and displaced. He learned empathy and compassion for all who suffered and struggled.
After some time had passed, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, instructing him to return to Israel. Joseph gathered his family with great relief and joy and returned to their homeland. They settled in Nazareth again, where Jesus spent his childhood and adolescence.
The story of Jesus’ birth is not merely a historical event but a narrative that speaks to the human condition. It is a story of displacement, resilience, hope, and redemption. It reminds us that even in our darkest moments, light shines through. And it encourages us to extend love and compassion.
After Herod had died, Joseph and his family returned to Nazareth. The story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is more than just a historical event; it is a testament to God’s profound love for humanity. Through this miraculous birth, God entered our world as one of us—a vulnerable baby who would grow up to offer salvation and eternal life to all who believe in him. Today, Christians around the globe celebrate Christmas with deep reverence and joy.
They reflect on this momentous occasion that forever changed the course of human history. It serves as a reminder of God’s unwavering faithfulness, his boundless love, and the hope found in Jesus Christ—the Savior born in Bethlehem.
God expects Jesus Christ to be born in our hearts spiritually with the same unwavering faithfulness and boundless love that He displayed when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Just as Bethlehem held great significance in Jewish history and became forever enshrined in Christian theology, our hearts, too, can become sacred places where God’s plan for salvation unfolds.
When we open our hearts to Jesus, we invite Him to dwell within us, guiding us on a transformative spiritual growth and redemption journey. Just as Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt seeking refuge, we too may find ourselves seeking solace and protection amid life’s challenges. Yet, like Joseph and Mary, we can trust that God will provide for us and lead us out of darkness into the light.
And when the time is right, just as Joseph received divine instruction to return to Israel, we too can experience a renewal of hope and joy as God leads us forward on our unique paths. The story of Jesus’ birth reminds us that no matter where we come from or what obstacles we face, God’s love is always present, ready to guide us back home to Him. So, let us embrace the story of Jesus’ birth as a historical event and an invitation for Jesus to be born anew within our hearts today.
Salvation is for the Jews and then for the Gentiles, hence Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem, Judea. Just as God’s love was revealed through Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, we are reminded to open our hearts so that He can be born anew within us spiritually.
If you’re listening and have never had a chance to be saved and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this is an opportunity for you to do so right now. Let me guide you to Christ and help you receive Him in your heart. Please repeat this prayer of salvation after me.
Dear Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I repent before you today and ask for your forgiveness for all the sins that I have committed. Please cleanse me with your precious blood and come into my heart, becoming the Lord and Savior of my soul. Please inscribe my name in the Book of Life and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I believe that I am born again today. Please help me to be a faithful disciple and bless my life.
Congratulations, and welcome to The kingdom of God, brethren.
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And until next time, may The Lord bless and keep you. Amen.