Dr. Chris’ Christmas Blogs 2022

Week 1

This is the first of 4 blog posts to help us prepare for Christmas.  Many churches celebrate the 4 Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas.  This is an important time to prepare our hearts to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ.  These blogs explain very important information to enhance our understanding of Christmas.

Some of this may be new Bible study information to you. 

It is summarized from my Christmas book “The Tower of the Flock.”  This book started as a Bible study for me.  Several years ago on Christmas Day, I asked the Lord “Why was Jesus born in a manger?”  He answered me “Because He had to begin His life as a Lamb.”  I thought that statement was profound and one I had not thought about before. 

After all, He is THE Passover Lamb.  God led me on this Bible study journey and eventually I turned this study into a book.  If you want to learn more about what I am posting here, you can purchase my book through the link on my website (www.drchris.co) or through Amazon.  All Scriptures are NKJV unless otherwise noted.

Week 1: Jesus’ birth

Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem was prophesied in Scriptures.  He was of the lineage of David, and Bethlehem was David’s city.  The Book of Micah was written 500 years before Jesus’ birth, and Micah 5:2 prophesies the birthplace of Jesus.  

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, 

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me 

The One to be Ruler in Israel, 

Whose goings forth are from of old, 

From everlasting (Micah 5:2 NKJV).

This verse says that Bethlehem was a small village from the tribe of Judah.  Ephrathah was a settlement within Bethlehem.  This prophecy also says that the Ruler of Israel will come from here.  His origins are from old, or from everlasting as some translations state.  This is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Promised One, the Messiah, The Lamb of God, the Eternal God.  This Scripture was fulfilled as told in the Gospel of Luke.  “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:11 NLT).

How did Bethlehem come to be David’s city? 

It came into the lineage of David long before his time.  The first time we see Bethlehem in Scriptures is with Isaac’s son, Jacob, and his wife Rachel.  Rachel became the mother of Joseph (who was later sold into slavery in Egypt and became the second in command there) and Benjamin.  While they were travelling, they neared Bethlehem and Rachel went into a difficult childbirth.  She died there while giving birth to Benjamin.  This is the first mention of Bethlehem in Scripture.  Please also note in these verses, it mentions the tower of Eder, which is significant, as we will later see.  Rachel’s tomb still exists today, and it is visited as a holy place.

Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).  And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.  Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder (Genesis 35:19–21).

Other predecessors in David’s lineage connected to Bethlehem include Ruth and her descendants. 

Ruth’s mother-in-law was Naomi and Ruth followed her from Moab to Bethlehem when both their husbands died.  Ruth later married Boaz, from Bethlehem.  They had a son named Obed.  Obed became the father of Jesse, who became the father of David.  This makes Ruth the Great Grandmother of King David, the line from which the Messiah would be born.  The land owned by Boaz was passed down to his family and probably included the fields where David watched his father’s sheep.  

During the time of Jesse, Saul was king over Israel.  He disobeyed God and was rejected as king.  God sent the Prophet Samuel to Jesse in Bethlehem saying “I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite.  For I have provided Myself a king among his sons” (1 Samuel 16:1).  The chosen son was David.  David was anointed by Samuel on his family’s land in Bethlehem.  Jesus, being a descendant of Jesse, is important.  It was prophesied that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse.

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse; And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (Isaiah 11:1–2).

And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him (Isaiah 11:10).

David later became king, and it was from his lineage that Jesus would be born.  Both Mary and Joseph were descendants of David.

Does not the Scripture tell us that the Christ will come from the offspring of David and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived? (John 7:40–42 AMP).

Be on the lookout for Part 2 next week, December 8th!