Bethlehem was a little town in Judea when Christ was born there, and today (pictured above) it is still a small middle easter town. There is little to differentiate it from other places, and yet Christ chose this location to be born.
Christ has always been on one hand quick to avoid the limelight, and humble in all His dealings, such as His humble birth at a location like Bethlehem. And on the other hand His life was touched by great glory, such as the vast choirs of Heaven singing for His birth. Such glory and humility combined.
The Reverend Philip Brooks (now deceased) in the early 1900's stood overlooking Bethlehem and had a revelation of the greatness and goodness of God. The result was He composed the now famous carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem," which we have all sung.
In that song, a few sweet lines jump out at us. As we consider them, we consider Christ and His goodness and love to us. What a precious gift is Christ to us.
- ...the hopes and fears of all the years, are met in Thee tonight...
- ...where meek souls will, receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in...
- ...O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.
From Peace Apostolic Ministries we pray and believe for the growth and advance of God's Kingdom in this world, through you, and us for His purposes. And we wish you a blessed Christmas and beyond in the name of the Lord.
Blessings from Rockhampton, Australia.
Photo by Daniel Case - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47135975