“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you…. He will stand to lead His flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the Name of the Lord His God. Then His people  will live there undisturbed, for He will be highly honored around the world. And He will be the source of peace.” Micah 5:2-5 NLT

Image may contain: snow, sky, tree, outdoor and natureJesus’ coming to earth was in the most unlikely of circumstances– a couple displaced by the census decree of Caesar, arriving in a small town in Judah, only to find there was no shelter available except a lowly stable. Joseph and Mary, most likely, were already under suspicion from their neighbors due to the unusual circumstances surrounding her pregnancy.

But in that manger, in that stable, Jesus was born a King. In reading the Gospel story of His ministry, one can see how much He was in control of every situation. Every sickness and disease had to submit to His Word. Every demon trembled at His presence. The crowds of people hung on His every word. Even the wind and the waves of a violent storm instantly obeyed His command. And, in the end, facing the highest representative of imperial Rome in Jerusalem, He calmly stated “You would have no power over Me, except it were given you from above.”

“He will be, ” the prophet Micah had said, “the source of peace.”  And Jesus Himself told the people, “Come unto Me…. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me… ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 KJV. And Paul tells us, “… we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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