A Significant Setting for Our Savior Blog Feature

By: Aspen Group on December 21, 2015

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A Significant Setting for Our Savior

In every great story, there’s a backdrop. There’s a setting that contains the actors and their actions and helps to provide more context and meaning to the storyline. But sometimes, that backdrop can get lost within the narrative…seen merely as a scene.

Such was the case with Bethlehem.

This little town, situated in the shadow of nearby Jerusalem, possessed only about 1,000 residents when Mary and Joseph entered as refugees from Nazareth. It was, for all intents and purposes, an insignificant speck on the map of history.

Except that God had already made Bethlehem significant.

Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Micah proclaimed God’s promise that the little town would become the homeland to the greatest redemption story ever told. It was more than the scenery or setting. It was a meaningful component in the storyline.

This Christmas, may your own church—both your building and your people—be more than just containers for and observers of this story of our Lord's birth. May they be key components that further this powerful, still relevant story of peace, love, and grace birthed into a hurting world.

May your church be Bethlehem this Christmas—a significant setting for our Savior.

Merry Christmas from Aspen Group!

2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace.
— Micah 5:2-5a