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See Where Jesus was Born?

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

Where was Jesus born? When we envision the birth of Jesus Christ, various images come to mind. Was it in a cave converted into a stable, a manger surrounded by Mary and Joseph, or a scene with barnyard animals witnessing the newborn baby? While the Bible provides some details, the exact location of His birth remains a mystery. In this blog, we delve into three intriguing possibilities.

1. Guest Room: In the first century, homes were often designed to included animal pens into the “guest room.” During times of census or major holidays, families could use the guest room for family who was visiting from out of town. Joseph, being from Bethlehem, had family in town that might have been offered a family’s guest room to him and Mary for the birth. This would have provided some privacy, but also allow for the women in the family to help Mary.

2. Cave: Early church historians, Origen and Eusebius, mention the possibility of a cave. Today, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem stands over such a cave, reflecting this historical perspective.

3. Tower of the Flock – Migdal Eder: Recent research identifies Migdal Eder, located south of Jerusalem on the road to Bethlehem, as a potential birthplace of Jesus. Meaning “tower of the flock,” Migdal Eder held a significant role in raising the unblemished lambs for Temple sacrifices in Jerusalem.

Let yourself think about this connection for a moment. The Lamb of God, being born among the lambs that would one day become sacrifices. To me, this added a completely new dimension to the study of where Jesus was born.

The Shepherds

The angel directed the shepherds to Bethlehem, where they would find the Messiah. Guided by the knowledge of where the lambs were born in Bethlehem, the shepherds began their search. Once in Bethlehem, the shepherds discovered the Child in a manger, fulfilling the angel’s sign (Luke 2:11-12).

As we reflect on the humble birth of our Savior during this season, and where Jesus was born, Migdal Eder serves as a an important reminder. The shepherds of Bethlehem were committed to producing perfect lambs for Temple sacrifices. A reminder that Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, came as the final sacrifice for our sins.

This Christmas, let’s think about the significance of where Jesus was born. Then celebrate His first coming and as we anxiously await His second coming, where He will return as King.

May the Lord bless your study of His first coming, and may you look forward all year to His second coming!

Merry Christmas!

Dianna

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