But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
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How different was Christ’s birth! Here we have Micah prophesying of someone, a ruler, coming out of a place that is not considered very great. Now, if that sounds weird, wait for the second part: “whose goings for have been from old, from everlasting.” This ruler is going to born in a town, and He has already been around from eternity—this baby is already older than his parents! I find that really cool.
But what’s even cooler than that is the fact that He even came. Think about it! Jesus Christ, the ruler of Heaven, one with God from the beginning, came down to the world He created to be put in a position where He was to be cared for by His own creatures. He willingly put Himself in a position where He would be subject to rules made by the people He created. He came to be an example of the strong yet humble people He wants us to become.
“What does Christmas mean to you?” That is the question I was asked not too long ago by a friend. I could say that it is about Christ’s birth, or giving gifts, or spreading joy to others; and that is all good and fine. However, what Christmas means to me is a theme shared by the cross. Christmas means that Christ came and humbled Himself so that we might be glorified. It means that there is a path to salvation. It means that we have hope.
In Waiting For Heaven