Where Was Jesus Born?

Biscuit stampHappy Advent, kids of Trinity United Methodist Church! What an awesome time of year. Advent is the season where we prepare for the birth of Jesus. It’s as if there’s a giant birthday party for Jesus, and we’re all invited! That reminds me of a question I received from Ms. Lauren Michelle’s first and second grade Children’s Education class. They ask: Where was Jesus born? Great timing!

We celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. That’s Christmas! That answers when we celebrate, but our smart Trinity children want to know where. How do we answer that? We look to our Bibles. That’s right, it tells us all we need to know. Matthew and Luke talk about Jesus’ birth. We read in Luke that Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth, but had to return to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem to be counted by the government in a process called a census. While they were in Bethlehem, Jesus was born.

Here’s something really cool. Bethlehem is called the city of David. You might remember David when he was a boy and fought a giant named Goliath. David grew up to be a king one thousand years before Jesus lived. He was also a relative of Joseph’s. So, Jesus was considered to be from the “House of David,” meaning he was a relative of David. This was predicted, or “prophesied” in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Ask your parents to help you find Bethlehem on a map. It’s in the country of Israel. Bethlehem is 5,904 miles from McLean. If you took a plane from Washington, if would take you about 15 hours to get to Tel Aviv, then you’d still have to drive another 47 miles to get to Bethlehem. Although Jesus’ place of birth is far away from us, his presence is as close as our heart. As we celebrate with gifts on Christmas Day, let’s also remember the greatest gift of all: Jesus.

Merry Christmas!



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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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