Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is the fulfillment of the prophecy found in Micah 5:2. “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.” Bethlehem was a small city in Judah near Jerusalem. King David had been born in Bethlehem and Jesus, who came from the lineage of King David and whose lineage goes all the way back to Adam, was also born there. Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews from the beginning of His life to the end and it is no coincidence that Bethlehem’s literal meaning is “The House of Bread” because Jesus is the “Bread of Life”. You see, every detail about the birth of Jesus, including being born in Bethlehem, was part of God’s divine plan for our salvation.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Christmas is a great opportunity to start teaching children about Jesus. You can find ways to teach them the story of how and why Jesus was born and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. For example, you can read stories from the Bible or children’s books appropriate for their level of understanding, you can sing Christmas carols and talk about their origins, or you can use a nativity scene and other decorations, like a star to explain what they represent. Make the most of this occasion to share Jesus with your family.