That Little Town Called Bethlehem

That Little Town Called Bethlehem

Bethlehem is famous for being the birthplace of Jesus. But why is this important?

First, in today’s reading, we see it as the fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy. It is the root of Jesse’s family; Jesse was David’s father and Jesus’ ancestor. The promise that the Savior would be a branch of David was therefore fulfilled.

Second, it is the place where God’s love and mercy for us became tangible. Tangible in the form of Jesus Christ. That is the location He chose to become the true man and true God, who earned our perfect righteousness.

Why then don’t we all make a pilgrimage to Bethlehem? Because that location has been surpassed! We have been promised that God’s love and Christ’s presence are now with us at all times.

Christ Jesus is Emmanuel — “God with us” — anywhere and everywhere.

Here is today’s full sermon text from Micah 5:

2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
    when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
    to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
    to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.

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