“And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” Matthew 2:5-6
At the writing of Matthew 2:5-6, over 700 years have gone by since the Old Testament prophet Micah told of a Ruler that would be birthed out of this little town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2-3). While over those centuries of waiting, countless babies have entered this world and linked the beginning of their lives to this motherland, only One’s heritage can connect the dots with those long-ago words that herald the coming of the Savior of the world.
He would be the freedom the world has longingly yearned for. He would be the peace, souls since the beginning of time, have dreamt about. He would be the Shepherd who would not lead with a rod or a staff, but with His life. This blessed Babe of Bethlehem would be the all eternal One, whose days are from everlasting (Micah 5:). He would be the Babe seen as He “who is, and who was, and which is to come, the Almighty,” (Revelation 1:8), and He would change everything the world once knew.
No wonder hearts were stirred. No wonder souls were searching with excitement. No wonder kingdoms were in a ruckus. The Babe of Bethlehem was no ordinary babe. He was God incarnate, God in the flesh, “God with us,” (Matthew 1:23). The imperfect people born in this world would need the help of that perfect Savior born in Bethlehem.
The celebration of Christmas is the celebration of that precious Babe who had finally arrived in the world to bring this long-awaited hope. He that was born as the prophesied Messiah would lift the judgment of condemnation for those who not only seek Him but find Him. And, they are no longer content to have Him wrapped in swaddling clothes, but their soul’s desire is to wrap Him in their hearts.