It’s hard to predict the future. Weather forecasters remind us of that all the time! We can understand – it’s hard to predict the future! That’s why the Bible is so amazing! In the Bible, God allowed people to predict the future in incredible ways. Many of those predictions – or prophesies – had to do with Jesus and his birth. A full 700 years before Jesus was born, God had the prophet Micah write down these words, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2). If you were to try to predict today where the world leader 700 years from now would be born, how do you think you would do? Or, if someone in the year 1300 had tried to predict what the world would be like in 2019, how do you think those predictions would have turned out? Yet, 700 years after Micah’s prophecy, the wise men followed the star to Jerusalem and asked where the Savior was to be born. They were told, “In Bethlehem in Judea, for this is what the prophet has written” (Matthew 2:5). They went to Bethlehem and found Jesus the Savior, just as Micah had said 700 years earlier! If God got that place right, do you think he’s got your life under control? Christmas convinces us of the truthfulness of God’s promises in the Bible. Christmas assures us of the certainly of God’s plan to save us. Christmas reminds us that our future is in God’s hands. As you continue your Christmas preparations, remember that Christmas is the season in which we rejoice that God keeps his promises.
Christmas Promises: The Place