An Invitation: Come to Bethlehem

“O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.”

We know the Babe of Bethlehem grew into manhood, lived a sinless life, endured indescribable agony on all levels, died, rose again, sits at the right hand of the Father, and will come again. Why then the invitation to “Come to Bethlehem,” especially in January, weeks after we celebrated His birth? Because it was in Bethlehem, God began to demonstrate in an unprecedented manner that when He promised to redeem us, thousands of years before, He meant it. His promise was not an idle promise. And this fact lets us know that He will keep every promise He has made to us.

The invitation to, “Come to Bethlehem” is not an invitation to physically visit Bethlehem, although you can do that also; rather, it is an invitation to turn our hearts toward Bethlehem when we need a reminder of the faithfulness of our God. The current season is such a time, wouldn’t you agree?

28-30 Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers. He chose them long ago; when the time came he called them, he made them righteous in his sight, and then lifted them to the splendour of life as his own sons.
31-32 In face of all this, what is there left to say? If God is for us, who can be against us? He that did not hesitate to spare his own Son but gave him up for us all—can we not trust such a God to give us, with him, everything else that we can need? (Romans 8: 28-32, PHILLIPS).