Bethlehem (Part II): The significance of Insignificance

Christmas Devotions 2015

Bethlehem (Part II): The significance of Insignificance

Pastor Trent Stinson

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV)

“Peace on earth and good will toward men” was the angelic proclamation by the heavenly host! Picture the scene. Shepherds gazing in amazement. Filled with hope and promise. Promise of peace in a city that was not only overshadowed by more prestigious locations but a city that has known very little peace on earth. Think about Bethlehem. This city has rarely symbolized peace through the years. At the birth of Jesus, Bethlehem was a besieged city. Within two years of Jesus’ birth, virtual genocide is ordered by Herod the Great. Today, Bethlehem is still a besieged city surrounded by a twenty-five-foot-high concrete wall. If Jesus was born this year, would the holy family have even been allowed past the Israeli checkpoint? Despite any demonic attempts to prevent peace on earth, Jesus the PRINCE OF PEACE was born!

Points to Ponder:

Be reminded that regardless of your reputation or circumstances this Christmas, God’s plan and purpose for your life can be achieved. Peace on earth, generosity and goodwill is possible through the “Prince of Peace.” To know Jesus is to know peace. Peace in the midst of financial difficulties, spiritual challenges, personal struggles, and fear of the future. Celebrate the power of peace in the midst of it all this Christmas!

Let’s Pray:

God, I thank You in advance for Your divine plan and purpose in my life. Although I do not know exactly what to expect, I can rest assured that You have it all under control…jus as You did many years ago. As our world is in turmoil, I am thankful that I know You, the Prince of Peace. My heart’s desire is for all to know Jesus that they may know peace in a real and mighty way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.