Advent Guide: Week 1 Weekend Devotion
November 30 - December 10
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6: 11:1-5; Micah 5:2
Prophecy of Jesus’ Birth
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 11:1-5; Micah 5:2
By Mike Glenn, Senior Pastor, Brentwood Baptist Church
“Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; one will come from you to be ruler over Israel for me. His origin is from antiquity, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
Bethlehem isn’t a very big town. Until very recently, there wasn’t even a hotel in the town for tourists. If you wanted to see where Jesus was born and where King David lived, you would ride in on a bus, walk around for a little while and then, go back to your hotel in a nearby city. When Jesus was born, it was so small that when the Wise Men came looking for the place where the Messiah would be born, no one knew the answer. Special teachers had to be called to go and find the answer.
The right answer was Bethlehem. Well, it was the right answer for Jesus.
I’m not so sure we would have chosen Bethlehem. We would have chosen a bigger city with a lot more people so the birth of Jesus would make a splash! But Jesus was born quietly in a little town that’s only famous because Jesus was born there.
And I think that’s the whole point of choosing Bethlehem. God is happy to start wherever He can. He doesn’t need a famous place or a famous person to start. He’ll start wherever we let Him. God will start in Bethlehem. He’ll start with Peter. He’ll work with Paul. The list goes on of obscure places which are now famous because Jesus stayed there. There’s another long list of unknown people who are famous because they met Jesus.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as God had promised. The town of Bethlehem reminds us that Jesus can start anywhere with anybody to do His work – even people like us.
Build Your Own Nativity: Did you know that you can still visit Bethlehem today? You can visit the fields where the shepherds kept their sheep! It’s a city built on a hill where King David grew up and Baby Jesus was born. Begin your nativity scene today by drawing or coloring the hills of Bethlehem, create your backdrop for the rest of the story. If you’re using your nativity scene, pick a space in your home where the scene will be placed. If you decide to draw or color a nativity scene, make sure everyone in the family does their own so you can compare them on Christmas!