O Little Town of Bethlehem

During my first trip to Israel back in September 2012 we visited Bethlehem.

You can visit my post Over, Under and Around Jerusalem for more about the day that we visited Bethlehem.

While in Bethlehem we visited the Church of the Nativity.

Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem - Birthplace of Jesus - Christmas EveThe Church of the Nativity is an interesting structure as it contains different sections for the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholics. They both share sections of the Grotto of the Nativity, a cave that is the traditional location where Jesus was born.

Grotto of the Nativity - Church of the Nativity - Birthplace of Jesus - Bethlehem Shown here is a painting above an altar that marks the precise spot where it is said Jesus was born. You can see the Armenian Apostolic influence in the painting.

Church of the Nativity - Grotto of the Nativity - Birthplace of Jesus - Bethlehem - Christmas Eve - 14 Point Star Here beneath the altar the traditional spot of the birth of Jesus is marked with a silver star with fourteen points which represent the generations in the genealogy of Jesus.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. (Matthew 1:17 ESV)

In the Roman Catholic portion of the Church of the Nativity there are several nice stained glass windows.

Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem - Stained Glass - Birth of Jesus - Christmas Eve in BethlehemHere we have a nice artistic depiction of the birth of Jesus.

While leaving the Church of the Nativity I spotted this plaque on the wall.

Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem - Christmas Eve - John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and dwelt among usTo me, this is the most important message for us about the birth of Jesus.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

As you celebrate Christmas this year, remember why Jesus came to earth to dwell among us. He is our Savior and Redeemer.

Steven

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