Luke Chapter 2
Luke chapter 2 begins with the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the little town of Bethlehem. Caesar Augustus ordered everyone to be registered, so Joseph and Mary traveled from the town of Nazareth to Bethlehem, which is where he was to be registered because of his lineage, the lineage of David. When they were in the small town of Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger because there was no room in the inn.
The location of Jesus’ birth at first may seem insignificant. However, the small fact that Jesus was born in the little town of Bethlehem is extremely important. It is important because of the words of 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 of days.” Here, it is recorded that there will be a ruler of Israel born in Bethlehem, whose coming forth is from of old. We know that the ruler talked about in Micah is Jesus! Jesus is the fulfillment to this prophecy!
The date of the writing of Micah was about 700 BC, about 700 years before Jesus was born! One of the best ways to prove that the Bible is true is that there were many prophecies written in the Old Testament that were fulfilled later on in the Old Testament or in the New Testament. Jesus being born in Bethlehem is just one of many examples of a prophecy in the Bible being fulfilled. Prophecies being fulfilled hundreds of years later is a great way to defend the authority of the Bible.
It is very appropriate that we are reading about the birth of Jesus at the beginning of December, as the birth of Jesus Christ is the reason of the season of Christmas! The weeks leading up to Christmas and Christmas itself has been my favorite time of the year. Everybody seems to be in a holly jolly mood, we get time off of work/school, the exchanging of gifts, and especially time with family are all reasons to enjoy the holiday season. We can get so wrapped up in the festivities of the holiday season that sometimes we forget the true reason for the season. I urge you to not let the festivities of the holiday season cause you to forget about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes even the innocent joy of hanging out with our families can cause us to miss the true reason of the season. While enjoying the holiday season, put your focus on the birth of our Lord and Savior.
I hope you all enjoy this Christmas season, and most importantly, I hope you remember and focus on the reason of the season – the birth of Jesus Christ!