1. We know Bethlehem as the town where the Christmas story takes place. 

2. Bethlehem is famous for the birthplace of Jesus, but historically it was not a well-known or important place before the birth of Christ. 

3. The Old Testament prophesied that Bethlehem, a place that was considered small, would be the place God would choose to usher in his big plan to save the world through Jesus. (Micah 5:2) 

4. Throughout the Bible, God has a way of using what is small and humble to accomplish His will and bring glory to Himself. 

5. Jesus is the ultimate example of humble servanthood, making Himself small and sacrificing Himself for the glory of the Lord and the salvation of man. (Philippians 2:7-9) 

6. The way to God is only through Jesus--beginning with a humble manger and achieved through His sacrifice on the cross. 

7. God uses the lowly and humble, because He refuses to share his glory with the proud and mighty. 

8. God shows grace to the humble, to the sinners who admit their need for a Savior. 

9. The Christmas story should lead us to acknowledge our total dependence upon God. 

10. Our response to the Christmas story is: a humble rebirth as we surrender to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and experience victory in Him as we wait for His return.