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 days… And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, and in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And He shall be their peace.
Happy Bethlehem Sunday, friends!
Can I tell you a secret? The holidays have a way of making me feel small. There’s never enough time, never enough money, never enough of me to go around. It gives me such comfort to know that when God looked around for the perfect place to send His Son into the world, He chose a place that wasn’t enough.
Bethlehem was not the seat of any government, but God chose it to welcome the Judge of all Judges and the King of Kings. It wasn’t a huge military hub, but it ushered in our Peace. There were no marble halls or silver spoons and no nobles to welcome Him. The Son of God was born in a room full of animal feed and raised by a teenage mother and a simple carpenter.
In a world where almost instant fame can be gained from one viral video and our worth is far too often measured by our number of followers on social media, it is easy to feel insignificant and useless. Does our mundane nine-to-five really make a difference? It’s hard to feel like your work matters when you spend the day wiping noses and breaking up fights over the last two Oreos. Can you really make a difference in the world when all of your energy goes into making ends meet?
The answer is, “Yes!” God used tiny Bethlehem to show His people that He loves to use the simple, the insignificant, and the broken to change the world. Thousands of years after that quiet night, we still sing these words:
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the Everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
The Prince of Peace has come. He is enough — and that’s all that matters.
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