On this second weekend of Advent we take time to look at the importance of place in the redemptive plan of God. The very first act of God recorded was His creation of a place we call the “heavens and the earth.” And the human story began in a very special place called Eden. But sin changed all that was perfect, and God had to drive mankind out of that garden place.
Throughout the progress of the redemptive story, place has always played a significant role. God’s promise to Abram made Canaan the promised place and long before Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem was said to be a very special place in Canaan. But why Bethlehem? We will see that this small village was so important to all that God intended to say in the first coming of Christ to this world.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, it is necessary also to remember that we’re only halfway to the fulfillment of God’s great redemptive promise. God first was known to man in a garden; through the Incarnation God dwelt with man in the mid