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Birthplace of the Prince of Peace

Birthplace of the Prince of Peace

From the Stewardship Today Archives, December 2009

The Bethlehem of childhood is a settled place of innocence and whimsy, more theatrical scene than celebrated site. Not so much the vista of a city but the view of a stage set—the holy family, a pack of compliant farm animals, and a team of worshiping shepherds, each one perfectly placed to allow a clear line from the heavenly star to the focus of the scene, the Christ child lying in the manger. In our minds, Bethlehem is a place of peace. Historically it has been anything but. Repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt throughout its history, the city of Bethlehem has known Hebrew, Roman, Samaritan, Muslim and Christian influence and rule, transitions that were predictably contentious and violent. Today, the city falls within the West Bank and the control of the Palestinian Authority.

The Old Testament prophet Micah wrote of the coming of the one Isaiah called the Prince of Peace, and specifically announced the place of his arrival. “You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne, and the rest of his brethren shall return to the children of Israel. He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth. He shall be peace.”

Though it was the birthplace of David, Bethlehem was far from notable when compared to the great cities of the ancient world. The Hebrew king’s ancestral home, and the site of Rachel’s tomb, was no Jerusalem, no Alexandria, no Athens, no Rome. What an interesting portal for the baby Jesus. He left his established heavenly home for an inn’s manger, a modest welcome at the end of the Virgin’s long journey. The righteous King, he was placed in a manger, born into earthy uncleanness. Into a world torn by war and chaos, he entered a village where even the Church of the Nativity has experienced conflict and death in our day. More than a messenger of peace, though, Christ Jesus is our peace. “He shall be peace,” Micah proclaimed, and, as the world celebrates his coming this holiday season, we await the return of Bethlehem and Heaven’s son, trusting his second coming ultimately restores Peace to mankind.

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