This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.
Bethlehem is the setting for the central part of the Christmas story. Mary and Joseph had travelled a long way to Bethlehem from Nazareth. In those days the only ways to travel overland were to walk, to ride on a horse, donkey or mule, or to ride in a cart or a chariot. Ordinary people would not have the luxury of riding in carts or chariots. A tradition has grown up around the story of Mary and Joseph that he walked and she rode on a donkey because she was expecting a baby.
The birth of the baby Jesus happened in Bethlehem. Thirty generations earlier (if I have counted correctly!) another baby had been born in Bethlehem. Obed was the son of Ruth and Boaz. He became the grandfather of King David. Ruth 4:13-22 Bethlehem was known as the City of David. There were twenty eight generations between David and Jesus.
Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah were two of the prophets who prophesied about Jesus. Micah predicted that he would come from Bethlehem. Micah 5:2
The reason for their journey to Bethlehem was that Joseph had to register there for a census. The reason behind the census was the collection of taxes. Even 2000 years ago taxation was usual.
O Little Town of Bethlehem is a popular carol about these topics.
While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4