“King Jesus was born in Bethlehem while His people suffered under the hands of occupiers…Bethlehem in Hebrew means “house of bread,” providing a fitting place for the Bread from heaven to become incarnate (John 7:22-59)…
Bethlehem was tiny and seemingly insignificant (Micah 5:2). Yet, the Lord chose to reveal His glory and salvation in this village, not a mighty city (Luke 2:1-20). Needless to say, this is right in line with His character. He loves to fulfill His purposes through those things man has forsaken (I Cor. 1:18-31).
God often uses what the world deems insignificant or unlovely. Across the world, His kingdom is spread by ordinary people who will probably themselves never be famous or remembered in the history books of men. Yet, those who know Christ are remembered by God and are the most significant people of all in His eyes, the only eyes that really matter. Each of us, famous or not, can be used by the Lord in mighty ways.” (R.C. Sproul)
Painting: Bethlehem by Vasily Polenov, 1882