The story of the birth of Jesus, as familiar as it is to all of us, has never been told from the compelling perspective you will see revealed in Bethlehem.. From before the creation of man, God the Father knew that Satan would manipulate Adam and Eve into opposing Him, and thereby alienate God and man. To be reconciled to His creation, the Father knew that one day He would have to watch His Son endure being sacrificed on a cross for the sins of mankind. God the Son knew as well, that by creating man He was destined to face betrayal, rejection, brutal torture, and an agonizing death. And before life was breathed into Adam, with the omniscience of God alone, the Holy spirit knew that at the height of God the Son’s suffering on the cross, He must be forsaken to die in faith, so that He might claim victory over death and the grave.
Knowing all of this…God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit nevertheless chose to give life to man and face that inevitable day when the Son must shed His glory and lower Himself to be born of a woman. There was only one reason for Jesus to be born. It was to give up His life for those of us who would come to faith in Him.
That is the picture of the incomparable love of God that is presented in Bethlehem. We have had people who have been in the Lord for decades tell us that this play showed them something they had never realized, and that it had changed everything for them. It is humbling beyond words to hear such heart-felt testimony from sober-minded men and women of God.
If you want to share with your family the true meaning of the birth of Jesus, you won’t find a better way than bringing them to this beautiful and powerful musical.
We have just two more performances remaining. Those will be this Friday evening at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 3:00. If you haven’t seen Bethlehem, I so hope you will try to make one of these two special presentations.