“Christ’s Birthplace Insignificant?”

Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  The prophet Micah prophesied this event some 700 years before it took place.  “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 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).  Perhaps, this Christmas prophecy says something not only about Bethlehem, but the Christ Who was born there.  It was a little, or perhaps better, an insignificant city in Judah.  In this humble place was born a humble Savior Who after His birth in a cave or stable was laid in a tough used to feed livestock.  Though He was equal with God, in the incarnation He made Himself of no reputation and became a servant.  He humbled Himself, and became obedient to the point of death in order to provide eternal life for all who believe in Him (see Phi. 2:5-8).

This humble One Who came the first time as a Savior, will one day return and rule as King!  Jesus Christ will be Ruler in Israel, but His dominion will be worldwide (Mic 5:2-4).  The angel told Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).