Why Bethlehem?

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.

A Closer Walk with God

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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Sue Loeffler

Author of more than two hundred articles, devotions and stories, my book, A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD, is a compilation of devotions from my visit to Israel. The Bible came alive to me, and I discovered I was not only walking in the Holy Lands; I was walking closer with God. I have taught Sunday school more than twenty years, mentored young women and volunteered as a hospital chaplain. Today I lead Women's Bible studies in my home, and I write two blogs--A Closer Walk With God-Devotions from a Journey Through the Holy Lands and Tell Me the Story-Building a Relationship with Jesus Through Bible Lessons and Prayer. Visit often and/or subscribe/follow.

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