Where was Jesus born?
Discover more about where Jesus was born and the significance of his birth.
Where was Jesus born?
To find out where Jesus was born, we need to take a look at the biographies of Jesus found in the Bible, including Matthew 1:18–25; 2:1–12; Luke 1:26–38; and 2:1–20.
In these scriptures about Jesus' birth, we discover a number of historical facts:
- At the time of Mary’s pregnancy, a decree by Caesar Augustus went out that there should be a census and “all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1)
- Joseph lived in Nazareth and traveled south to Judea for the census (Luke 2:4)
- Mary went with him to be counted as a member of his family
- Mary and Joseph ended up in the small town of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth
What do we know about where Jesus was born?
Jesus was born in Bethlehem as foretold by the prophet Micah, who declared:
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times—Micah 5:2
Here's a few more things we learn about Jesus' birth from the Bible:
- Bethlehem was overflowing with people because of the census
- As a result, there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn (possibly a hotel or guest room in a private home)
- With nowhere else to stay, they took refuge in a stable (a shelter for animals)
Was Jesus born on December 25?
Although we know a lot about where Jesus was born, we don't actually know the exact date of Jesus' birth.
As one writer puts it:
If God felt it was important for us to know the exact date of the Savior’s birth, He certainly would have told us in His Word. The Gospel of Luke gives very specific details about the event, even down to what the baby was wearing – “swaddling clothes”—and where he slept—“in a manger” (Luke 2:12). These details are important because they speak of His nature and character, meek and lowly. But the exact date of His birth has no significance whatsoever, which may be why God chose not to mention it. (gotquestions.org)
Why is Jesus' birth important?
The birth of Jesus is the moment God took on human form and entered into our world. But that's not the end of the story.
Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came to bring people (you and me) back into a relationship with God through his death and resurrection.
So when you celebrate Jesus' birth this Christmas, remember that where Jesus was born is not as important as why Jesus was born.
He was born for you!