O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Advent Week 4


And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.Luke 2:4-6


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During my years working in a number of congregations, singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was part of every Day School and Sunday School Christmas service. The only thing that differed was the melody used, which varied according to local tradition. Even though “O Little Town of Bethlehem” might seem like a simple children’s Christmas song, it expresses an important truth about the birth of the Savior.

The Old Testament prophet Micah revealed the future birthplace of the Messiah:

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. Micah 5:2

The familiar account of Christ’s birth found in Luke 2 fills in the details of how the Savior came to be born in the city of Bethlehem:

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Luke 2:4–6

At just the right time, our heavenly Father sent His Son into our world to take on human flesh. Jesus became human so that He could take on all our sins and carry them to the cross. Through His death and resurrection, we have eternal life with Him.




As you wrap up these days before the celebration of Christmas, how can you help your students stay focused on Christ’s birth?



Father in heaven, thank You for putting all things in place at just the right time for the birth of Your Son, our Savior. Help us keep our students focused on the real reason for the celebration of Christmas. In Christ. Amen.

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