It was no accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Micah prophesied about it. Sacrificial lambs were born and raised there for Passover and Mary and Joseph had to register there for the census.
The picture is a familiar Christmas scene, but have you ever wondered why Bethlehem was so significant that it was the place of the first Christmas? Here are some things to think about.
The Christmas story began in Nazareth when Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census to be taken of all the Roman world. Joseph and Mary were from the line of David, which meant they had to travel ninety miles to Bethlehem. A host of angels told shepherds in the field that Jesus would be born in a stable in Bethlehem. They knew the stable because that’s where they raised the sacrificial lambs for Passover, which was held in Jerusalem, 6 miles away. They rushed to find the baby Jesus just as the angels said. He was and is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It’s believed that Mary, Joseph and…
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