Christ’s birth in Bethlehem was both timely and intentional. His arrival was the fulfillment of God’s promised plan of salvation for all who would believe in Him. Because of this, His birth in Bethlehem was fitting for the following three reasons:
1. The Decree Fulfilled God’s Universal Plan for the World (vv. 1-3).
2. The Descendant Fulfilled God’s National Plan for Israel (vv. 4-5).
3. The Delivery Fulfilled God’s Personal Plan for Mary and Joseph (vv. 6-7).