Micah 5:2 (NIV)| “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”  

Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV) 1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.  5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  6“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Luke 2:4-5, 9-11 (NIV) 4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. ... 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Growing up, I always knew that Christmas was just around the corner because my mom would put Christmas cassette tapes or CD’s in the stereo and Christmas music would flow throughout the house.  To this day, listening to Christmas carols brings to mind those childhood memories.  “O Come All Ye Faithful,” in particular, brings back many good memories of past Christmases.  As an adult, as I sing this song and dwell on the lyrics I am able to see the fulfillment of prophecy found in Micah 5:2, I love how Luke puts it in his gospel - “The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (NLT).

As I sing, “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.  Come and behold him, born the king of angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord,” I reflect.  It humbles me to know that out of a small town, a town that I can actually physically visit, my Saviour, Christ the Lord, came to earth and was born there.  This Christmas season, as we listen to the Christmas carols being played all around us, let’s just take a moment to consider the meaning, and thank God that Christ our Lord was born to fulfill His promise of salvation.

Memory Verse: Luke 2:11 (NIV)
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.