“But you, Bethlehem, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” – Micah 5:2
It’s fitting that our Savior should be born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is a fitting birthplace for Christ because of its history. This is the place where Jesus’ family line began. Some many years before the first Christmas Ruth and her husband Boaz gave birth to a child named Obed, David’s grandfather, and so began the House of David from which our Savior would be a descendant.
Bethlehem is a fitting birthplace for Christ because of its name. Bethlehem means “house of bread”. How appropriate that from the house of bread would come the Bread of Life. Do you hunger for a relationship with God? Do you hunger for righteousness? If so, John 6:35 says that if you come to Christ, you will never hunger for these things again.
Then finally Bethlehem is a fitting birthplace for Christ because of its standing. Our text describes Bethlehem as “little among the thousands of Judah”. It was a tiny town of no importance to the world. 1 Corinthians 1:27 tells us that God chooses the foolish and weak things of this world to shame the wise and mighty. Where the wise and mighty of this world saw foolishness and weakness in Bethlehem, God saw an opportunity to shame the world, so that none may boast in His presence.
This Christmas we give thanks for Bethlehem. It is a place where the coming of Christ was set in motion, and a place where because it had no glory of its own, was blessed with the glory of the Savior.