Make Room For The King (Adv. Week 2)
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
Micah 5:2 ESV
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.
On that starry night, life around the stable went along as usual.
No one suspected the Prince of Peace would be born in Bethlehem that very night.
A night when weary travelers were settling into Bethlehem. People were exhausted, many of them stuck sleeping on the floors of their relatives’ homes. And I imagine these relatives were weary of entertaining their new house guests.
As the people wrestled with the frustrations of a fallen world, the long-awaited Messiah was making His not-so-grand entrance into this broken world.
Luke 2:1-7 ESV
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
In the midst of the weariness, the frustrations, and angst of life, Mary gave birth to the King of Kings in a lowly stable.
Among the weary stable animals and a weary world, a brave (but also weary) young woman swaddled our Savior and laid him in the humblest of beds.
Bethlehem was oblivious, but a few wise men of the East were not so blind.
Matthew 2:1-6 ESV
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Bethlehem was illuminated that night by a star so peculiar wise men from the east came searching for the king of the Jews. Only, they weren’t sure where this king was to be born.
So they inquired of the only person they knew to ask, the king, and learned that the King of the Jews was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:9-12 ESV
After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The wise men found the young Jesus and worshipped Him as King of the Jews!
As we light the Bethlehem (Peace) Candle, let’s remember that Jesus has come as our Prince of Peace.
Peace has come!
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