Have you ever wondered why God didn’t choose a politically, culturally or socially significant city of the day for His Son to be born in? Instead, God chose a tiny little out of the way town called Bethlehem.
When Micah, the OT prophet, foretold the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, he emphasized the lack of significance Bethlehem had to the world.
Micah 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
Bethlehem, though not esteemed in human eyes, was highly esteemed by God.
Why? Because God wanted to illustrate that He delights in choosing what the world around us thinks is lowly, insignificant, and flawed to reveal His glory in.
He chose an insignificant poor teenage girl named Mary to be the mother of the Living Son of God! Luke 1-2
He chose a lowly carpenter named Joseph to be the step-father of the Messiah. Matthew 1
He chose shepherds, who city-folk considered filthy outcasts, banned from worshipping in the Temple, to be the ones to first hear and then proclaim the birth of the King of Kings. Luke 2:8-20
He chose an out of the way, culturally irrelevant, sleepy little town to change history. Micah 5:2
God “clothes” Himself in the ordinary. He comes to ordinary people and to the ordinary settings. When we grasp that with God - what is small can become great - we will be ready for Him to do the same thing in us.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “some-bodies”? The Message
1700 years before Christ was born in Bethlehem, God began to point to that little town as a place that would change history. And for the last 2000 years, people have flocked to see the quirky little place God chose.
Like with Bethlehem, He wants to make history with you.
Ephesians 1:11 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone. The Message