I preached about the birthplace of Jesus last Sunday and have been prompted to share again my 4 DIGs about this topic from 2012….I hope and pray that this will bless you…….
To most people, included non-believers, there is a really simple answer to the question in the DIG “headline” today; He was born in a stable by an inn in Bethlehem.
The answer however is not as straight forward as this. Like many things in the church today the facts about the birth of Jesus have been twisted by religion and tradition, and the true meaning around His birth has been lost.
You will read today that Jesus was not born in a stable in Bethlehem. You will see in the next few DIGs that He was born near Bethlehem in a watch tower, and His birth is a wonderful picture of His work and ministry; His birth is a picture of Him being our perfect sacrificial lamb. Take the time today to read my understanding of some special scriptures and then take the time to study this out for yourself; I can assure you that it will be time well spent.
What does the Word actually say about the birth of Jesus?
Matthew 2 v 1….. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Luke 2 v 4 to 7….. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2 v 11…..For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Those three verses are all that the Gospels say about the birthplace of Jesus. I agree that they say in Bethlehem, however the Greek could also mean on, at or near by. Nowhere in scripture does it say that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem.
He was not born at the inn, but that does not automatically mean that He was born in the stable at the inn; these three scriptures do not tell us where He was born.
Luke writes that He was placed in a manger. The Greek word for manger means crib for fodder or stall; so He was placed in a container that was used to feed animals. So it could have been a stable, but then again it could have been any building used to keep domesticated animals in.
If we are honest the scriptures at the start of the Gospels do not explicitly tell us the birth place of Jesus. So are there any other scriptures to shed light on this?
More in the next DIG tomorrow…………………
Luke 2 v 7…..And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.