“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
“[Jesus] made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.“
Why did Jesus have to come in this way? I have already talked about Him humbling himself, but why did He come to the least of all the cities and villages to be born? Christ Jesus deserved, and still does deserve, glory, honor, and worship. But His birth suggests otherwise. His birth suggests that He was forever meant to be just a carpenter like His (earthly) father before Him.
Jesus came in the form of a baby, and was born in the humblest of circumstances so that He might reach everyone. If He was born in a palace, the peasants would not feel as they should towards Him. He would be just another ruler to them. But being born in a food trough, among the animals, in a cave, and surrounded by shepherds, God showed that salvation was for anyone from the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs.
Praise God that Jesus was born in Bethlehem!