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Bethlehem’s Story | The Rightful King

Bethlehem’s Story | The Rightful King

Advent — Part 3

Scripture: Luke 2:6-7 / Matthew 2:1-12 / Philippians 2:5-11


Today's lesson will contrast the earthly king (Herod) and the Rightful King (Jesus). 

The ruling king in Jerusalem, Herod the Great, knew how to build palaces, and he had many of them. Herod is the king of luxury. He was a wicked ruler. Herod is a king of war. 

“When Herod saw that the magi had tricked him, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem … from two years old and under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the magi.”

-Matthew 2:16

There was no room in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph, so they found shelter in one of the limestone caves around Bethlehem's countryside. Here, they had privacy as Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. Jesus is born the King of Poverty. The prophet Isaiah offers this message of hope and joy.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.” 

-Isaiah 9:6-7 

Jesus came to be the King of Peace. The Lord invites us to pause and reflect. He wants us to celebrate! Bethlehem’s Story includes a great celebration in the most humble setting.

Song: Manger Throne

Song: Emmanuel God with Us

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