Introducing the Why

Jimmy Phillips

writes from Bakersfield, California, where he is director of marketing and communications for San Joaquin Community Hospital.

​What Began in a Town Called Bethlehem

Few things are more challenging than writing something original about Christmas.

Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago, wrapped in swaddling cloths, laid in a manger (see how hard it is!). Since you’ve likely heard that chorus before, you also realize that the Jews—God’s chosen people—never accepted Jesus as their messiah during His 33 years on earth.

Have you ever wondered how these people missed the Messiah? In Jewish culture, children were taught the Torah inside and out, memorizing entire books. This same Hebrew Bible included prophecies about where the Messiah would be born (Micah 5:2), from what lineage He would descend (Gen. …

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